Central Bank Debits Deposit Money Banks Another N216 Billion for Missing CRR Target
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has debited Nigerian banks a total sum of N216 billion for failing to meet a 27.5 percent Cash Reserve Ratio target.
In a report published by Reuters, the amount was debited ahead of CBN forex auction to reduce banks’ purchase capacity and subsequently ease pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves.
The central bank debited 26 banks a combined N216 billion. Below are the banks and the amount debited from each.
Access Bank Plc: N5 billion
Citibank: N11 billion
Coronation Merchant Bank: N2 billion
Ecobank: N9 billion
FBN Merchant Bank: N2.5 billion
Fidelity Bank Plc: N5 billion
First Bank of Nigeria Ltd: N15 billion
FCMB: N15.5 billion
FSDH: N251.2 million
Globus Bank: N1 billion
GTBank: N25 billion
Heritage Bank Plc: N1.5 billion
Keystone Bank Limited: N1.4 billion
Nova Merchant Bank Ltd: N6 billion
Providus Bank: N1.2 billion
Rand Merchant Bank: N335.5 million
Polaris Bank Ltd: N6 billion
Stanbic IBTC: N30 billion
Standard Chartered Bank: N10 billion
Sterling Bank Plc: N3.3 billion
SunTrust Bank: N683.9 million
Titan Trust Bank: N500 million
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc: N8 billion
Unity Bank Plc: N9 billion
Wema Bank Plc: N567.7 million
Zenith Bank Plc: N46.3 billion
It would be recalled that Investors King reported a similar action in May when the central bank debited this same 26 deposit money banks a total sum of N459.7 billion in May for failing to meet their CRR targets.
Last month, an anonymous banker said “We understand that the central bank had set up a special CRR team that is supposed to monitor banks’ CRR once a month. But now, the team monitors banks’ CRR on a weekly basis. This is why the central bank is effectively debiting banks on a weekly basis. Some weeks ago, they debited some banks about N1.4 trillion. That was one of many. Between that time and now, there have been more debits that have happened. But the debits that are huge/significant are what is troubling the banks. There was a N300 billion that happened about two weeks ago. and then yesterday that was this N459.7 billion that was also debited.”
“These are huge amounts that are leaving the banking sector. It’s a squeeze on the banks. A bank like First Bank, for instance, has about N1.4 trillion in CRR with the Central Bank. And there is Zenith Bank with equally as much as N1.5 trillion. These are monies that banks can potentially put in loans at 52% at 30%, or even put in money market instruments at maybe 10%. So, for a shareholder of these banks, this CRR debits are impairing the banks’ ability to increase their earnings because now are not able to use the funds that are legitimately theirs to create money for their shareholders. And the question is that under what framework is the Central Bank choosing to take people’s money?, the bank added.
States Debt Rises by 163 Percent -BudgIT
Debts of All 36 States Rise by 163 Percent or N3.34 Trillion to N5.39 trillion Between 2014 and 2019
Debts continue to rise across the 36 states of the Federation, according to a recent report by BudgIT, a public sector-focused financial information house.
In the just released 2020 edition of its annual state of states report titled, “Fiscal Sustainability and Epidemic Preparedness Financing at the State Level”, BudgIT said debts rose by 162.87 percent or N3.34 trillion from N2.05 trillion in 2014 to N5.39 trillion in 2019 across the 36 states.
The report stated that 10 of the states incurred half or N1.68 trillion of the entire debt, adding that seven of the 10 states are from the South while three are from the North.
Speaking on how states can attain fiscal sustainability, Damilola Ogundipe, BudgIT’s Communications Lead, said: “States need to grow their Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, as options for borrowing are reduced due to debt ceilings put in place by the Federal Government to prevent states from slipping into debt crisis. There has to be a shift from the culture of states’ overdependence on Federation Account Allocation Commission, FAAC.”
The report further stated that 13 states, including Lagos, Oyo, Kogi and others, were unable to fund their recurrent expenditure together with debt repayments due in 2019.
It stated: “From our 2020 State of States analysis, 13 states were unable to fund their recurrent expenditure obligations together with their loan repayment schedules due in 2019 with their respective total revenues.
“The worst hit of these 13 states are – Lagos, Oyo, Kogi, Osun and Ekiti states while the other states on this pendulum are Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Cross River, Benue, Taraba and Abia.
“Furthermore, of the remaining 23 states that can meet recurrent expenditure and loan repayment schedules with their total revenue, eight of those states had really low (less than N6 billion) excess revenue, that they had to borrow heavily to fund their capital projects.
“The worst hit are Zamfara, Ondo and Kwara who had N782.45 million, N788.22 million and N1.48 billion left, respectively.
“Based on their fiscal analysis, only five states – Rivers, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Kebbi states – prioritised capital expenditure over recurrent obligations, while 31 states prioritised recurrent expenditure according to their 2019 financial statements.”
Oil Marketers Says No to Labour Strike, Decries Over N320bn Losses
Oil Marketers Reject Labour Strike, Decries Over N320bn Losses
Oil marketers across the country have rejected labour’s planned strike over N320 billion worth of investment losses.
The marketers under the aegis of the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria also kicked against the proposed industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress and other civil right groups, pleading with the union and allies to have a rethink and look into the situation from a bigger picture.
This was after labour and other civil right groups announced they would be embarking on a nationwide strike starting from September 28, 2020 to force the government to reverse the increase in pump price and electricity tariffs.
Labour had said the government remained insensitive to the plight of Nigerians despite the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and Nigerians.
However, Ukadike Chinedu, the association spokesperson of Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria, who was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja, said members of the association may be forced to cut staff in an effort to reduce operating costs given current economic realities.
He said, “Some of our concerns are heavy losses of over N320bn investments from product purchases at government specified prices and sales at compelled price reductions, which could not be justified by the costs of transaction.”
Ukadike added that several oil businesses were no longer trading because of heavy losses and several others were dying in silence.
Banks’ Credit to Economy Hits N19.33 Trillion in August
Deposit Money Banks Credit to Economy Rose to N19.33 Trillion in August
The total credit facility to the economy rose to N19.33 trillion in the month of August.
The Central Bank of Nigeria-led monetary committee disclosed on Tuesday after the nation’s monetary policy committee meeting.
The committee attributed the improvement to the 65 percent loan-to-deposit ratio policy implemented to compel the nation’s deposit money banks to join central bank efforts at growing the real sector of the economy.
Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who spoke during the meeting said “The bank’s policy on Loan to Deposit ratio also resulted in a significant growth in credit to various sectors from N15.57tn to N19.33tn between end-May 2019 and end-August 2020, an increase of N3.77tn.
“This growth in credit was mainly to manufacturing (N866.27bn), consumer credit (N527.65bn), oil and gas (N477.65bn), agriculture (N287.11bn) and construction (N270.97bn).”
On monetary aggregates, broad money supply (M3) rose to 6.93 per cent (year-to-date) in August 2020 from 5.23 per cent in July 2020, reflecting the increase in both Net Foreign Assets and Net Domestic Assets.
He said total domestic credit grew by 6.94 percent in August 2020, lower than the 9.43 percent recorded in July 2020.
The committee reduced the nation’s benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to 11.5 percent, down from the previous 12.5 percent.
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