Account holders of licensed commercial banks have no cause to panic as the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has budgeted N258.767 billion in 2019 for the reimbursement of depositors in the unlikely event of closure of such financial institutions.
The Managing Director of the NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim made the disclosure in Abuja when he led his management team to defend the 2019 budget before the House Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters.
Giving a breakdown of the funds, the NDIC boss said N109.686 billion was provided for depositors of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), while N149.081 billion has been set aside for depositors of Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs) and Micro Finance Banks (MFBs).
He further explained that the estimates were consistent with the Corporation’s mandate of providing a financial guarantee to depositors of failed banks towards promoting public confidence in the banking sector.
This, he added, was critical to the sustenance of the stability of the entire financial system.
In fulfilment of the corporation’s mandate to provide technical assistance to licensed banks, Ibrahim disclosed that the corporation, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has invested in the acquisition of a new software called the Integrated Regulatory Solution (IRS) for a more robust surveillance and supervision of insured financial institutions in the country.
According to him, the software would enable DMBs to generate real-time online data among themselves, help regulators to access data online from the DMBs.
He also disclosed that the National Association of Microfinance Banks Unified Information Technology Platform (NAMBUIT) was introduced by CBN/NDIC and Association of MFBs to enhance the operational capacity of the MFBs.
The CBN/NDIC are financing the project in the ratio of 60/40 per cent respectively in view of the importance of the project to the growth of the MFB sub-sector.
On NDIC’s mandate of providing financial assistance to eligible licensed and insured banks, Ibrahim disclosed that a total of N140 billion was provided for Deposit Money Banks, while the sum of N300 million was provided for Microfinance and Primary Mortgage Banks.
He urged the banks to take the opportunity to access the funds offered by the corporation whenever they are required.
Responding, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters, Olufemi Fakeye commended the corporation for its pro-activeness in the prevention of systemic crisis in the nation’s banking system.
He added that the various mechanisms adopted by the Corporation since inception to resolve distress in banks had not only prevented the manifestation of the crisis in the system, they also contributed immensely to the high level of public confidence experienced in the financial sector.
He noted that the corporation had carved a niche for itself as the leading deposit insurer in Africa, even as he recalled the role played by the NDIC in the resolution of the defunct Skye Bank and the establishment of Polaris Bank Ltd as a bridge bank and charged NDIC to be more proactive in detecting and addressing distress in banks as a way of sustaining public confidence in the system.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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