- CBN Issues Corporate Governance Codes to DFIs, Others
The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued codes of corporate governance to six other financial institutions in the country.
The CBN, in a circular released on Tuesday, said the code would take effect from December 1, 2018, but the full implementation would take effect from April 1, 2019.
The relevant institutions required to ensure strict compliance with their respective sector codes are Development Finance Institutions, Bureau de Change, microfinance banks, finance companies, primary mortgage banks, and mortgage refinance companies.
The circular read in part, “The Central Bank of Nigeria observed some deficiencies in the operational effectiveness of the BDCs which militate against the achievement of their objectives. To address this challenge, the CBN commenced the reform of the subsector and issued revised guidelines, which, among others, reviewed upwards the minimum capital requirement for the BDCs.”
The CBN described the DFIs as specialised financial institutions with specific mandate to support the critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture and manufacturing as well as the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
It stated, “To achieve their mandates, the DFIs need to adhere to accepted governance standards, code of ethics and best practices as well as formal laws and extant regulations. This code is developed to guide licensed DFIs towards entrenching good corporate governance standards and practices to ensure that they are managed safely and soundly where risk-taking activities and business prudence are appropriately balanced so as to protect the interests of all stakeholders.”
According to the regulator, the finance companies play a complimentary role to banks in the business of financial intermediation.
The CBN said, “This segment of the financial system is expected to mobilise funds by way of borrowings, debt issuance and fund raising from local and foreign investors for lending to the SMEs.”
Remove Face Mask When Using ATM, Banks Tell Customers
Face Mask May Cause ATM Transaction Failure, Banks Tell Customers
Deposit Money Banks have said due to their face recognition technology, customers wearing face masks may experience service failure while using the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
In an email issued to customers by Fidelity Bank, the bank said why the use of face masks is important to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, customers should remove when performing ATM transactions.
The bank said “Wearing of face masks is a safety and precautionary measure we must all adhere to in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, we advise that you remove your face mask while making withdrawals or carrying out ATM transactions to allow our ATM properly recognise you.
“Fidelity Bank ATM machines have face detection features installed to curb incidences of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.
“Consequently, you may not be able to carry out any transaction if our ATMs are not able to properly recognise you. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you.”
Meanwhile, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to ease accessibility for all customers and advised customers to protect themselves.
GTBank said, “When visiting any of our branches, kindly protect yourself by wearing a face mask at all times. It is also very important that you keep a safe distance when in a queue inside or outside the branch.
“Before visiting any of our branches, please remember that you can withdraw up to N150,000 at all our ATMs and that you can do most of your banking from the safety of your home.”
Access Bank in Talks to Acquire Cavmont Bank
Access Bank to Acquire Cavmont Bank in Zambia
Access Bank Plc on Wednesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia Limited (Access Bank Zambia) is in talks to acquire Cavmont Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Cavmont Capital.
According to the statement signed by Mr. Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary, Access Bank and released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website on Wednesday, the ongoing discussions is to acquire 100 percent of Cavmont Capital’s interest in Cavmont Bank.
However, the lender said “there can be no certainty that a transaction will be agreed, nor as to the terms of any such agreement.
“The completion of a transaction would be subject to formal regulatory approvals. Access Bank will be updating the market as appropriate and in accordance with its disclosure obligations.”
The lender, therefore, advised shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in Access Bank’s securities.
Investors King Ltd note: This announcement further threw more lights on the recent purchases of Access Bank’s shares by Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Access Bank.
The CEO/MD purchased 7.532 million of Access Bank‘s shares in the last one month.
Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC
Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new Acting Chairman of the agency, according to the NAN.
A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.
Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.
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