Driven by its streak of successes and its set goal for further growth to improve the lives of the active poor in the society through economic empowerment, especially in the rural areas, the Umuchinemere Procredit Micro Finance Bank, (UPMFB) Enugu, Nigeria has with the approval of the country's banking regulatory body, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), upgraded three of its rural and sub-urban offices from Customer Meeting Points to Branches.
The new branches situate at 9th Mile Corner; Abakpa Nike Market; and Agbani town in the Udi, Enugu East, and Nkanu West local government areas of Enugu state respectively.
Chairman of the bank, the Rev. Prof. Obiora Ike, a Roman Catholic prelate (Monsignor), explained that the new branches were established to meet the rising financial needs of the banks teeming active poor, and even middle income earning, customers scattered all over the state.
The Umuchinemere Procredit Micro Finance Bank chairman said after inspecting the three outlets of the bank, the CBN was satisfied that they met the requisite status to become branches and therefore gave its approval for them to be made branches.
The Umuchinemere Procredit Micro Finance Bank was established by the Roman Catholic diocese of Enugu under the leadership of late Bishop Michael Ugwuja Eneja on July 22, 1995, first as a Community Bank and was later transformed in 2007 as a micro finance bank, when microfinance banking policy was introduced by the federal government of Nigeria to take care of the economic empowerment needs of the unbanked active poor people in the country.
Ike reiterated his earlier position to ensure UPMFB remains "a credible vehicle for economic evangelization which corresponds to the Social Doctrine of the Church to make faith real through good works that serve the principles of solidarity, human dignity and the common good, as well as retains its high profile as a leading microfinance bank in Nigeria, fulfilling regulatory guidelines, and stakeholders expectations both in its transparent financial records and in its ethical standards which offers our people the desired financial services that makes money a good servant not master, that guarantees access of financial services to the poor and unbanked in rural areas, thus improving and increasing our network and branch expansion within Enugu Diocese and the entire Enugu state".
The 9th Mile sub-urban area branch covers the bank's operations and services in the Udi, Ezeagu, and Oji River local government axis of Enugu state, while the Abakpa Branch covers similar activities of the bank in the Enugu East local government area, which has places like Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu, Emene, Godfrey Okoye University, etc. The Agbani town branch covers the bank's operations and services in the two rural local government areas of Nkanu East and Nkanu West.
With these three more branches, UPMFB now has a total of four branches, with the one at its corporate headquarters at no. 5/9, Ikwuato street, Uwani, Enugu as its Main Branch, while the rest of its other offices within the ambits of the branches are just Customer Meeting Points.
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