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2009 Balance Sheets Show Losses For More Banks

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In what could be said to be a dismal performance from the banking sector, investigations have revealed that most of the banks have posted losses in their 2009 balance sheet.

Reasons for these losses, it has be identified is not because there were no improvements in fundamental performances like increase in gross earnings or deposits,  but because they are now forced to keep the records straight in the spirit of full disclosures and transparency.

Consequently their bottom line have caved in, making most of the banks to announce huge losses. Even those that did not make losses have their profit seriously reduced.

For instance, Access Bank has made loan provisioning to the tune of N30.89 billion while Citibank provided for N320 million. Other include Diamond Bank which provided for N24.6 billion, Ecobank N33.39 billion, while FCMB provided N21 billion.

Also Fidelity made provision for N1.9 billon, First Bank (N29.50 billon), GTB (N24.96 billion) Stanbic IBTC (5.90 billion) Skye Bank (N32 billion), Sterling Bank (10.80 billion), UBA (N41.64 billion) and Zenith (N24.14 billion).

Apparently because of these provisioning, Intercontinental Bank, Oceanic Bank, Afribank and Union Bank recorded losses of N328.4 billion respectively.

Also, Bank PHB, Spring Bank and Finbank made losses of N438.65 billion, N23.30 billion and N200.68 billion each.

The latest victim to the recent banking reform is Wema Bank, where in spite of 82 per cent growth in gross earnings, the bank posted a loss in its nine months financials.

It said recently that the previous challenges faced by the bank had no doubt impacted adversely on its businesses as shown by the weak financial performance reported in its published accounts. It disclosed further that a major challenge for the bank was the quantum of non-performing loans and advances to the sum of N116.355 billion, which have been provisioned in the accounts and led to erosion of its capital base.

Segun Oloketuji, the bank’s group managing director, revealed that despite the bank’s gross earning growth of N23.683 billion, which is about 82 per cent against to previous year, the increase could not be reflected on the bank’s nine months balance sheet.

Oloketuyi however, attributed this dismal performance to the previous challenges faced by the bank, said a major challenge for the bank was the level of non-performing loans and advances.

The group managing director recalled in a statement that the issues that the bank faced in the last two years had necessitated in the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to appoint an interim management board to oversee the operations of the bank, and that after 18 months the interim board would hand over responsibility for the management of the bank to current management team.

“The release of these results mark a fulfillment of the new management’s commitment to transparency adherence to regulations and sound corporate governance practices.

“However, in this challenge lies our greatest opportunity to recapitalise the bank through the bold initiatives that the board and management have taken to recover these non-performing loans. We are pleased by the result achieved so far.

A significant amount of recoveries have been made post September 30, 2009 balance sheet date.

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Western Marine Command Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Operations … Intercepts N8.75m Worth PMS

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For officers and men of the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the battle is not over until smuggling is over.
In the wake of Wednesday May, 8, 2024, the ever vigilant officers, acting on a tip-off, intercepted 177 sacks and 61 kegs of 25 litres containing petroleum products, valued at about N8.750,000million.
The items were intercepted along Isalu Creek, Badagry Waterway en-route Benin Republic.
While briefing newsmen, the Command’s Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Paul Bamisaiye, said: “This seizure is most economically significant to the Command at this period of scarcity of Petroleum Products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in our cities, and shows the anticipatory posture in our response to economic saboteurs.
“At about 2:330hrs on Wednesday 8th May 2024, while on joint patrol by teams in the Command, credible intelligence was received of the movement of 2 boats laden with what was suspected to be petroleum products concealed in sacks. Upon receipt of the information, the team moved into Isalu creeks, Badagry waterway.
“On sighting the approach of the Officers, the smugglers took to their heels through the shore of the Creek. The loaded boats were then towed to the station at Badagry where preliminary examination was conducted and transferred to Western Marine Command Headquarters, Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos.
“Careful examination at the Command Headquarters revealed that the arrest was found to contain One Hundred and Seventy Seven (177) Sacks and Sixty One (61) Kegs of 25 Litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) containing Twelve Thousand Five Hundred (12,500) Liters with a total Duty Paid Value standing at Eight Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N8,750,000) only”.
Bamisaiye noted that the action of the smugglers is a contravention of Section 245 & 254 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 which the service, through Western Marine Command, is responsible for enforcing.
“The Command, under the leadership of Compt. PK Bamisaiye, is poised more than ever to rid the waterways of all acts of smuggling and economy sabotage for the benefit of the growth of economy of Nigeria”, he said
Bamisaiye said so far, no suspect was arrested in the Command’s anti-smuggling operations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Illegal PMS Trading Booms In Lagos

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Petroleum products  being sought by motorists have disappeared from virtually all filling stations within Lagos and its environs, but are now booming in business in retail outlets.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that while the product could not be got at some of the petrol service stations, activities are in top gear in the local retail outlets where the price has gone beyond the reach of users.
It was also gathered that in some filling stations supplied with the products, preference are often given to retail outlet operators by petrol attendants against the consuming public.
A source, directly involved in the business, said some petrol dealers are cashing on the irregular supply to divert the products to retail outlets where they could easily make their gains.
It was also gathered that some sales representatives in the service of major oil marketing firms indulged in the diversion exercise because of their personal interest.
At the retail outlets a liter goes for N950,00 against the normal N760,to N800 at some stations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Customs Board Appoints Five DCGs, Eight ACGs

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The Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) has confirmed the appointment of five Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCGs) and eight Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) of Customs during its 59th regular meeting.
The meeting, chaired by the Honorable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, was held at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja last Tuesday.
National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, gave details of the confirmed appointments as: O.O. Peters (DCG /Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (rtd); B.M. Jibo (DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation); and B.U. Nwanfor (DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives).
Others are: S.A. Bomia (DCG, Commander Training and Doctrine Command); and C.K. Niagwan (DCG, Tariff & Trade).
The Assistant Comptrollers General (ACGs) are: B. Imam (ACG Board); A.A.S. Oloyede (ACG, Trade & Tariff); S.K. Dangaldima (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘B’); A. Abdul Azeez (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘D’); S.A. Yusuf (ACG, Human Resource Development); N.P. Umoh (ACG, Training and Doctrine Command); C.O. Obih (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C’); and S. Chiroma (ACG, Strategic Research and Policy).
The new appointments, according to the statement, were made to fill the vacancies created by some senior officers who recently retired from the Service, noting that the principles of federal character, seniority and merit guided the appointments approved by the board.
“These appointments are a testament to the officers’ exemplary services and dedication to the Nigeria Customs Service. The NCSB remains committed to providing strategic leadership to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for optimum performance”, he said.
While thanking the retired members of the management for their meritorious services, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, congratulated the newly confirmed officers and charged them to redouble their efforts to ensure the service attains greater heights in its mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation amongst others.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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