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BVN: Necessary for Banking Transactions



  • BVN: Necessary for Banking Transactions

The Deputy Governor, Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria, Adebisi Shonubi, said that the Bank Verification Number was created to identify individual customer and also expose fraudsters.

In a statement, he said this at the first accounting technology summit by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with the theme, ‘Disruptive technologies: The game changer for businesses.’

According to him, using biometric data for transaction authentication was an important part of the BVN.

While acknowledging the importance of technology to individuals and businesses, Shonubi disagreed that fintech would drive economy without infrastructure and enabling environment for it to thrive.

He stated, “Fintech does not drive economy, that is not true. It is the people that drive economy all over the world and only Fintechs support. I think Fintechs in Nigeria are trying, they are in embryonic stage. And the reason I insisted that it was people is that for fintech to thrive, there has to be an enabling environment.”

Shonubi added that, “For the difficult environment we are in, I think fintechs are doing a very good job. But they can’t do it alone, if you don’t put infrastructure in place, it will always be limiting for them and for us to use that as well.”

According to him, fintechs have brought about change in the ecosystem, introducing new set of skills that became beneficial, allaying fears that technology would take away jobs from workers.

In his welcome address, the President, ICAN, Razak Jaiyeola said the summit was one of the strategic initiatives of the institute at ensuring that its members and professionals in other disciplines were adequately prepared for the fourth industrial revolution.

The ICAN president said, “Failure to keep pace with the disruptive technological trend portends danger of extinction for any business entity or individual. The idea of too-big-to-fail has become an illusion. Interestingly, what we are experiencing might just be a tip of the iceberg.”

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

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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.

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Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary



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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.”


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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria



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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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