- ‘Deployment of Quality Credit Data Will Improve Financial Services’
The promotion of effective credit risk operations through the deployment of quality and robust credit data management has been identified as the major critical factor that would ensure the emergence of a healthy financial services industry in Nigeria.
This was the submission of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Centre for Financial Studies (CIBNCFS) and the Credit Bureau Association of Nigeria (CBAN) at a business forum held in Lagos for stakeholders in the country’s financial services landscape to discuss the relevance of Credit Data Management in the industry.
According to a statement, the forum was organised by CBAN in conjunction with CIBN.
The Registrar/Chief Executive, CIBN, Mr. ’Seye Awojobi, was represented by Deputy Director, Membership Services, Mr. Segun Shonubi, in a keynote address, said that the need for a more deliberate policy action on credit data management became pronounced in recent years due to the fast-paced and changing regulatory and reporting requirements, such as the need to comply with Basel III.
He stated that the unprecedented evolving dynamics in the financial services industry with fundamental shifts in customers’ demands and expectations had aroused a new interest in credit data management adding that without a very strong monitoring template using technology, predatory debtors can deploy the same technology to break all boundaries designed for determining their true credit histories.
Citing the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Financial System Stability Report which revealed that the banking industry’s non-performing loans ratio rose from N1.678 billion in June to N2.084 trillion in December 2016. He warned that this does not augur well for the financial intermediation role of the financial services industry and the economy at large.
While noting that globally, ease of access to credit was critical for business growth. Shonubi said that lending institutions are always wary of the safety of their funds. Reaching a delicate balance, he continued, is the sole objective of an effective credit data management and credit risk strategy by financial institutions.
Going down the history lane, he said: “According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the late 1980s and early 1990s witnessed rising non-performing credit portfolios in banks and these significantly contributed to the financial distress in the banking sector. The central bank also noted that it was the existence of predatory debtors in the banking system whose modus operandi involved the abandonment of their debt obligations in some banks only to contract new debts in other banks.”
Also, the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director XDS Credit Bureau/Chairman, CBAN, Mrs. MobolanleAdesanya, said that the recently signed Credit Reporting Act was meant to promote responsibility in the credit market by encouraging responsible borrowing, avoidance of over-indebtedness and fulfilment of financial obligations by all parties.
According to him, the Act would not only guarantee more robust Credit Reporting System in the country, but it would promote financial inclusion and also improved credit information sharing between financial and non-financial sectors and ensure more solid platform for better access to finance for SMEs with more influx of Credit Information on Data Subjects.
Adesanya, who was represented by Head of Sales and Marketing, XDS Credit Bureau, Mr. Olanrewaju Agbede, in a presentation titled: ‘Nigerian Credit Reporting Act: Promoting Effective Credit Risk Operations In Nigerian Banking Sector,’ said that the Act allows the credit information providers to receive services from a Credit Bureau subject to the execution of a Data Exchange Agreement with the Credit Bureau and with the consent of the Data Subject and to also maintain the integrity and protection of data submitted by it to a Credit Bureau.
FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020
FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria, reported a 16.4 percent increase in profit after tax for the third quarter of the year.
In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the lender’s profit before tax grew by 10.2 percent year-on-year to N4.8 billion while profit after tax increased by 16.4 percent to N4.2 billion.
FCBMB Group Plc expanded gross earnings by 4.8 percent to N48.3 billion during the period under review. Similarly, the bank’s net interest income rose by 30.03 percent year-on-year to N22.7 billion.
The strong performance continued across the board as net fee and commission income increased by 0.29 percent to N5.2 billion. Net trading income rose by 39.4 percent year-on-year to N1.82 billion.
Personnel expenses dropped by 7.9 percent to N6.9 billion during the quarter while general and administrative expenses declined by 7.52 percent year-on-year to N7.6 billion. Largely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Loans and advances to customers rose by 10.8 percent to N793.14 billion between December 2019 and September 2020. Total desposits from customers during the same period grew by 26.7 percent to N1.2 trillion.
The bank’s total assets increased by 22.12 percent to N2.04 trillion.
Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).
In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.
“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.
“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”
World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria
The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.
The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.
She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.
In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.
Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.
Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.
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