Nigeria May Slide To Another Recession -CBN …16 Banks Fail To Remit N1.6bn To FG -Reps

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L-R: Executive Director, Loan and Mortgage Services, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Hajiya Rahimatu Aminu-Aliyu, beneficiary of the loan, Mary Ale, State Coordinator, FBMN, Ikeja, Lagos, Margret Sowande, President, Lagos State Public Servants Housing Cooperative, Mr Samuel Okedara and Chairman, Lagos State Public Service Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC), Comrade Falade Rasaq, during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries of FMBN Home Renovation Loan in Lagos, recently.

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has expressed fears that Nigeria may slide into another recession, if measures are not taken to tackle the high rate of unemployment and other economic crises.
Emefiele said this, yesterday, at the University of Benin, while delivering a lecture titled “Beyond the Global Financial Crisis: Monetary Policy Under Global Uncertainty”.
According to him, Monetary and Fiscal Policy Authority must rise up to the challenge to begin to think of what can be done to tackle the situation.
The CBN governor said: “From some of my concluding remarks, you may have observed, whether you like it or not, there is global uncertainty that will unfortunately, most certainly, lead to another crisis.
“The question could be; how are we, as Nigerians, particularly our leaders, I am talking of Monetary and Fiscal Policy Authority, how are we preparing our country for the next set of crisis?”
He said, “We have luckily exited recession. We have seen inflation pending downward from about 18.72 per cent in 2017 to about 11. 37 per cent, today. We see reserve moving up, exchange rate stabilizing but unfortunately, we still have issues and those issues border on unemployment rate.”
He assured that CBN would continue to take proactive approach in mitigating the likely adverse effects that may emanate from external headwinds.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sanction 16 commercial banks for under-remitting stamp duty revenue to the tune of N1.6 billion.
It also asked the CBN to ensure the banks pay the outstanding revenue with interests.
The House reached the decision after adopting the report of the ad-hoc committee which investigated the non-remittance of the stamp duties yesterday.
Leaks.ng, a collation of media houses, had reported that the agencies refused to disclose details of the stamp duty revenue whose status has been shrouded in secrecy over the years.
Following the report, the House set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter and report its findings.
CBN officials had told the committee the total stamp duty revenue since January 2016 stands at N35.2 billion.
The committee’s report, as presented by its chairman, Abubakar Ahmad, listed the indicted banks with highest under-remitted stamp duty revenues as Diamond Bank, with N545.87 million; Zenith Bank, with N265.63 million, and Stanbic IBTC, with N231 million.
The other banks indicted include Guaranteed Trust Bank (N196.3 million); Standard Chartered Bank (N3.65 million); Citi Bank (N1.86 million); and Providus Bank (N646,650).
Others are Fidelity Bank (N32.88 million), Keystone Bank (N24.47 million), United Bank of Africa (N81 million), and ECOBANK (N78.52 million)
Also indicted are Unity Bank (N40 million), Jaiz Bank (N2.43 million), Access Bank (N66 million), Skye Bank (N11 million), and Polaris Bank (N2.9 million).
The House, however, called for further investigation into four banks which it said failed to honour their invitations. The banks include First Bank of Nigeria, First City Monument Bank, Wema Bank and Suntrust Bank.
Apart from penalising the 16 banks, the lawmakers also asked CBN to strengthen its supervisory role over the stamp duty revenue to ensure they are collected promptly.
It also called for a machinery to allow for the recovery of under -remittances “after further reconciliation is carried out with the banks concerned.”
Other recommendations include:
That all banks that were found not to have made full disclosure on stamp duties collections and remittances should be further investigated.
That financial institutions, especially the deposit money banks (DMBs) should remit all collections with respect to government revenues promptly and correctly, and where remittances are not promptly done, the DMBs should be sanctioned.
That the relevant agencies should give maximum cooperation to the School of Banking Honours (SBH) to enable it realise the goal of the assignment given to it.
That other forms of stamp duty should be explored “to increase the revenue base of various tiers of government in accordance with the provisions of the Stamp Duty Act, 2004