As part of activities marking the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), Addosser MFB has appealed for increased gender representation in the banking sector.
Speaking on Monday in Lagos at an event organised by the bank to commemorate IWD with the theme: “Choose to challenge”, the Managing Director, Addosser Microfinance Bank, Mr. Bayo Fabiyi, said a lot has been done to increase gender representation in the banking sector especially from the angle of the regulators.
He also stated that prior to now, the representation has been one woman to six men, adding that over the years, there have been improvements, but a lot needs to be done to close the gap, “even though the ratio is now one woman to three men.”
“If you look at the banking industry presently, you will realise that there are more women going up the ladder especially at management levels. Unlike what it used to be before where more women were at the lower cadre and along the line, they begin to fall out. Now, we have women becoming Chairman of Boards of Commercial Banks, Managing Directors, and Executive Directors, so we can say that generally, it has improved in the banking sector when compared with what it was 10years ago. Recently, Fidelity Bank appointed a woman as the Managing Director, to take over the helm of affairs,” he said.
Fabiyi, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance, Addosser MFB, Mr. Ayodeji Adare, said the celebration called on everyone to stand up against societal inequities towards women such as rape, domestic violence, unequal pay, gender inequality, maltreatment of widows and others.
He hinted that as part of the bank’s commitment to supporting women, it has grown a customer base of over 90,000, 70 percent of which are women.
Fabiyi further explained that regarding giving loans and advances the bank grants over 80 percent goes to women, noting that it has been able to support women upscale their businesses.
“We also have an SME Boutique Women Entrepreneurs (SWEC) which is a community of female entrepreneurs that is powered by Addosser MFB and we drive a lot of initiatives through this platform and there have been positive testimonies,” he said.
CBN to Extend Credit Risk Management System to OFIs
In an effort to curb growing bad debt, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will extend its Credit Risk Management System to Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) operating in Nigeria to protect them from bad debtors.
According to the apex bank, this is important following the successful implementation of the credit risk system in other lending institutions operating in Nigeria.
The bank disclosed this in a circular titled ‘Credit Risk Management System: Commencement of enrolment of all Development Finance Institutions, Microfinance Banks, Primary Mortgage Banks and Finance Companies’ and signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, on Monday.
In part, the circular read, “As part of efforts to promote a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, the CBN introduced the CRMS to improve credit risk management in commercial, merchant and non-interest banks as well as to prevent predatory borrowers from undermining the banking system.
“With the successful implementation of the CRMS in deposit money banks, it has become expedient to commence the enrolment of Other Financial Institutions on the CTMS platform.
“Accordingly, all DFIs, MfBs, PMBs and FCs are required to report all credit facilities (principal and interest) to the CRMs and to update same on monthly basis.
“OFIs shall note the Bank Verification Numbers and Tax Identification Numbers are the only basis for regulatory renditions”.
BoI Grows Assets by 78.8% to N1.86 Trillion
The Bank of Industry Group concluded the 2020 financial year with a 78.8 per cent growth of assets from N1.04tn to N1.86tn between 2019 and 2020.
A statement by the bank on Monday said the increase was driven to a large extent by the successful debt syndication of €1bn and $1bn that were concluded in March and December 2020 respectively.
BoI stated that the group’s financial statement demonstrated resilience and strength, noting that the period had significant challenges in the operating environment on account of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
“It also indicates synergy with the various interventions developed by the Federal Government, the Central Bank as well as other strategic partners towards ameliorating the impact of the pandemic on Nigerian enterprises,” the statement said.
The group’s total equity increased by 14.8 per cent from N293.08bn in the previous year to N336.48bn in 2020.
It added that as a reflection of the adverse impact of the challenging operating environment on growth of new facilities, loans and advances grew marginally in 2020 by 1.3 per cent to N749.84bn from the 2019 position.
The bank explained that this was largely due to the economic slowdown in the year as well as the various interventions and support initiated by the bank for its customers.
“The bank reviewed and restructured all its managed projects under the CBN intervention programme with interest rate reduction from nine to five per cent per annum for a period of one year and moratorium extension of three months (with a possible extension up to 12 months),” it said.
TAJBank Deploys NQR Solution To Ease Customer Transactions
TAJBank, Nigeria’s non-interest bank, has announced the deployment of the NQR Payment solution, an indigenous Quick Response Code (QRC) by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS), for merchants and customers as the newest addition to its innovative e-business channels.
The NQR Payment solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform developed for merchants and customers to receive and make payments for goods and services in a quick, easy, contactless and secure manner.
A statement signed by the Founder/Chief Operating Officer of the bank, Mr. Hamid Joda, indicated that the ingenious solution would further drive TAJBank’s culture of innovation and create a seamless payment experience for its rapidly growing individual and corporate customers in their banking transactions.
“We are excited to have this payment channel introduced into the nation’s financial system as an addition to other innovative solutions we have deployed over the past few months.
This is a proof that, as we have said in our communications signature line, TAJBank’s interest is always in our customers”, Joda enthused.
In his remarks, the non-interest lender’s Chief Marketing Officer/Co-Founder, Mr. Sherif Idi, also maintained that the deployment of the NQR payment solution would revolutionize the e-payment experience and open new frontiers for small, medium and large scale businesses who are major stakeholders of the bank.
Since it commenced operations in the non-interest banking segment of the financial services industry, TAJBank is noted for its impeccable track record of growth and innovation, rendering exceptional quality services to customers.
The lender’s NQR solution is open to all customers of the bank, both merchants and individuals, across all its branches and digital channels globally.
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