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CBN Declares Tomorrow Financial Literacy Day

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  • CBN Declares Tomorrow Financial Literacy Day

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s Global Money Week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has declared March 30,2017 Financial Literacy Day.

Working in collaboration with 29 financial institutions and Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), the CBN also directed chief executives of banks across the nation to, on the stated date, visit over 800 schools in the 36 states to teach financial literacy curriculum provided by Junior Achievement Nigeria.

According to the central bank, over 80,000 students would be impacted through the cutting-edge curriculum provided by JAN which it said is based on the theme of this year’s Global Money Week “Learn, Save, and Earn” which runs from Monday March 27 to Sunday April 2, 2017.

Briefing journalists in Lagos yesterday, the Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria, Mrs. Simi Nwogugu, expressed satisfaction of the organisation for having the opportunity to develop the curriculum and implement the initiative with the CBN’s Bankers Committee every year.

“The goal of Global Money Week is to teach children and youth about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur through interactive and fun activities,” Nwogugu said.
“This aligns with the three pillars upon which Junior Achievement’s programmes are built: Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship”.

Nwogugu pointed out that the financial literacy programme of the CBN and JAN was aimed at changing the mindset of young people by inculcating in them sound financial intelligence and discipline as they learn to save to earn and save early in life. She explained that sending bank chief executives to go and teach students in schools would go a long way inspiring them to strive to be as successful as their August teachers.

She also said that the programme was another way of solving the problem of unemployment in the country as these young ones will learn to be creative and self-sustaining. She revealed that the major challenge facing the organisation in meeting up with this undertaking was unavailability of volunteers, noting that they had been in search of people who would come to serve as volunteer teachers.

Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAWW), the world’s largest and fasted-growing non-profit educational organisation with a 121 country network.

 

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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CBN Maintains 11.5 Percent Monetary Policy Rate, Leaves Other Ratios Unchanged

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The Central Bank of Nigeria led Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has left the interest rate unchanged at 11.5 percent to further stimulate activities in the real sector of the economy.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria disclosed this at the end of the MPC meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said other parameters, the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR), Liquidity ratio, and asymmetric corridor, were left unchanged.

According to the Governor, the committee voted unanimously to maintain the current monetary policy and attributed the surge in inflation to structural policies, the increase in pump price and the recent #EndSARS protest.

Highlights of CBN-MPC’s  Decision

  • MPR was kept at 11.50%
  • The asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR
  • CRR was retained at 27.5%
  • Liquid Ratio was also kept at 30%

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Unity Bank Grew Gross Earnings by 8 Percent to N34 Billion in Nine Months

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Unity Bank Plc grew gross earnings by 8 percent despite COVID-19 and other headwinds that hurt the profitability of most businesses in the first nine months of the year.

A break down of the bank’s unaudited financial results for the period showed gross earnings rose by 8 percent to N33.91 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, up from N31.26 billion posted in the same period of last year.

The lender’s total assets rose by 44 percent from N293.05 billion in the corresponding period of 2019 to N420.87 billion in the period under review.

Unity Bank grew profit before tax from N1.61 billion in 2019 to N1.71 billion in the period under review, while profit after tax expanded from N1.48 billion in the corresponding period to N1.57 billion in 2020.

Customers’ deposits stood at N332.36 billion during the period under review, up from N257.69 billion posted in 2019.

Commenting on the performance, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Unity Bank Plc, expressed delight at the strong growth recorded across the bank’s balance sheet, especially from both the liability and assets side of the business and across key indices.

She said, “even as the bank continues to innovate in its e-business product bouquet to target and support value chain business with robust technology and thus diversify its earnings base.”

Somefun said, “One of the areas that will define our strategic direction going forward is investment in alternative channels, leveraging further deployment of resources in technology.

“COVID-19 gave us a chance to test the integrity and scalability of our technology, the IT infrastructure, and the electronic banking channels, and provided us an opportunity to see where we needed to improve and strengthen, knowing that the future of sustainable banking business is in alternative channels.”

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Financial Sector Grew by 6.8 Percent in the Third Quarter

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The finance and insurance sector that comprises of both the financial institutions and insurance subsectors grew by 5.91 percent year-on-year in nominal terms in the third quarter (Q3).

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) latest report, the financial institutions’ subsector accounted for 88.89 percent of the sector in real terms in the quarter under review while the insurance subsector contributed the remaining 11.11 percent.

During the third quarter of 2020, the financial institutions’ subsector grew by 6.8 percent in Q3 2020 from 28.41 percent in Q2 2020 and 0.61 percent in Q3 2019 despite COVID-19 and a tough operating environment. The insurance subsector, however, contracted by -18.67 percent in Q3 2020 from -29.53 percent in Q2 2020 and 3.96 percent in Q3 2019.

On a quarterly basis, the sector declined by 24.76 percent.

In terms of contribution to GDP, the finance and insurance sector contributed 2.46 percent in Q3 2020, higher than the 2.40 percent it represented a year ago and lower than the contribution of 3.76 percent achieved in the previous quarter.

The economy contracted by 3.62 percent in the third quarter following a 6.10 percent decline posted in the second quarter. Nigeria is officially in the second economic recession in four years.

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