Bankers in the country and West Africa have been urged to reduce the amount of non-performing loans in the Deposit Money Banks’ books by coming up with policies that will minimise credit risks.
The West African Bankers Association said the move would help to cut down on the amount of bad loans in member countries’ financial services sector and promote profitability.
The President, WABA, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Nwade, stated this during the 34th anniversary of the association in Lagos recently.
The event had its theme as: ‘Driving economic growth from the bottom of the pyramid: Banking the unbanked.’
Nwade, who lauded Nigerian banks for deepening their branch network in West Africa, however, stressed the need to reduce the number of loan defaulters in the sub-region.
He said, “A major issue before us is the credit risk management within the West Coast. We have some clients that borrowed within Nigeria for a number of times. The facility was secured by a debenture trust deed.
“These companies at some point in time decided to secretly take off and relocate within West Africa. So, they easily take a lot of loans in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia; and when they have this, they skip West Africa.”
The president said the organisation was formed by the governments of the Economic Community of West Africa States in August 1981 with the mandate to deepen payment system and trade, and foster integration within the sub-region.
The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, emphasised the need to empower people at the bottom of the pyramid to enable them to contribute to economic growth.
The governor, who was represented by the Branch Controller, CBN, Lagos, Mr. J.O. Iyare, said, “Poor people should be empowered so that the economy can grow. We need to look at our micro finance policies.
“Financial inclusion should be done practically when poor people are empowered to drive economic growth and development. We should not be theoretical by staying in the cities and allowing many people to remain poor.”
Oil-producing States Receive N35bn Allocation as FG, States, LGs Share N699bn in December
The sum of N699.824 billion was allocated to the three tiers of government in December, 2021, the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) says.
It further disclosed that the oil-producing states in the country received N35.297 billion as 13 percent derivation revenue.
A communiqué issued at a virtual meeting of FAAC for January 2022 revealed the above.
In its breakdown, the federal government got the sum of N279.457 billion, the state governments received N221.190 billion, and the local government councils were given N163.879 billion which amounted to N699.824 billion.
The North-east Development Commission (NEDC) also got an allocation of N5.796 billion.
According to the communique, the total distributable revenue of N699.824 billion is made up of distributable statutory revenue of N507.267 billion, distributable value-added tax (VAT) revenue of N187.409 billion, and exchange gain of N5.148 billion.
The FAAC recorded an increase of N5.080 billion in December as its gross revenue obtained from the value-added tax was N201.255 billion compared to the N196.175 recorded in November.
“The sum of N5.796 billion allocation to the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) and N8.050 billion cost of the collection were deducted from the N201.255 billion gross VAT revenue, resulting in the distributable VAT revenue of N187.409 billion.
“From the N187.409 billion VAT revenue available for distribution, the federal government received N28.111 billion, states got N93.705 billion, while the local government councils received N65.593 billion,” it stated.
The statement further showed records of an increase in companies’ income tax (CIT) and value-added tax (VAT), while petroleum profit tax (PPT) and oil and gas royalties clearly decreased. Also, it was recorded that import and excise duties decreased marginally.
It explained that the Federal government got N2.461 billion from the total exchange gain revenue of N5.148 billion; states received N1.248 billion; local government councils received N0.962 billion while N0.477 billion was shared to oil-producing states as 13 percent derivation revenue.
Fidelity Bank Enriches Customers, Holds Second Draw of GAIM 5 Promo
Leading African financial institution, Fidelity Bank PLC, has announced the second set of millionaires in its Get Alert in Millions Season 5 promo (GAIM 5) which held recently in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event was witnessed by representatives of regulatory organisations which include: Ms Oyinkan Kusamotu, Senior Legal Officer, Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority; Mr Tanko Mohammed, Head, Monitoring & Enforcement, Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority; Mrs Susie Onwuka, Head, Lagos Office, Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Ms Chioma Amanoh, Lagos Office, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
Since the commencement of the fifth season of the promo in November 2021, the bank has enriched over 460 customers with various cash prizes. So far, 10 lucky customers have been rewarded with a million naira each. This month, Fidelity Bank has continued its tradition of rewarding loyal customers which has seen Ajoma Rachel, Stanley Sunday, Musbahu Kabiru, Usman Abdulkadir, John Uchechukwu, Oluwatayo Oladipupo, Esther Eloho, Sophia Sefera, Amarachi Sarah Anyacho, and Obi Chinelo emerge as the next set of millionaires in the promo.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Ken Okpara, Executive Director overseeing the Bank’s Lagos and Southwest Directorate, stated that, “As a bank that places our customers at the centre of everything we do, we are always looking for opportunities to help our customers grow. Two months ago, we kicked off the GAIM 5 promo to reward our customers and demonstrate our commitment to improving their lives and wellbeing. Today, we are excited at how happy we have made some of our most loyal customers. We remain committed to providing rewarding experiences and best-in-class services for our clients.”
Also speaking at the event, the Divisional Head, Product Development, Osita Ede stated that: We have earmarked the sum of N125million for total cash rewards this season which we would be giving out in weekly, monthly and grand draws till the campaign ends in July 2022. We encourage our customers to save up to increase their chance of winning and those yet to open an account to do so today. At the end of the campaign season, we want to celebrate customers who make savings second nature.
Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria, with about 6million customers who are serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank is known for exceptional customer service and digital innovation.
Loan Default: AMCON Takes Over IBEDC
Further to the judgment of the Federal High Court on the 8th of September 2021, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has announced its takeover of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
This is following the electricity distribution company’s default in a loan servicing agreement executed with Polaris Bank.
“AMCON has been appointed receiver/manager over all the Assets of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited as stipulated in the instruments executed in favour of AMCON by virtue of the Loan Purchase and Limited Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank Limited dated 30th November 2018 and a Notice of Appointment of the Receiver/Manager dated August 6th, 2021, which was duly stamped by the Commissioner for Stamp Duties”, a statement from AMCON reads.
AMCON further revealed that it has appointed Osayaba Giwa-Osagie to take over the entire undertakings on the IBEDC, including the assets, shares and interests in related companies and entities, and also monies kept in any of the 25 banks in Nigeria.
Investors King gathered that AMCON’s takeover might also not be unconnected to some crisis inside the power company, a development which has reportedly affected its service delivery to customers.
IBEDC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Engineer John Ayodele however allayed the fears of the IBEDC staff.
“I hereby wish to inform all staff that there is no cause for alarm. We are assured of job security which entails our position/duties in the company, being entitlements to our salaries and other benefits etc.”, he said.
Investors King recalls that the IBEDC, during a stakeholders’ meeting in May 2021 had disclosed that it secured N4.2billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to improve power supply to its numerous customers in Ogun State.
According to Ayodele, the facility would be channelled into building lines to improve power/electricity supply to the communities. He had also revealed that 80 percent of the money collected by IBEDC goes for other services, adding that the company has lost over N3billion in estimated billing.
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