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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

BDC operators call for reversal of recapitalisation guidelines

BDC operators call for reversal of recapitalisation guidelin

The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to  reverse the new capital requirement for its operations.

According to a circular issued last Wednesday, the CBN issued fresh guidelines for the operations of the Bureau De Change in Nigeria which include two new categories of licences with different capital bases.

The new rules stated that BDCs in the Tier 1 category would be required to have a minimum capital requirement of N2bn, pay N1m as a non-refundable application fee and N5m as a non-refundable licence fee, while Tier 2 BDCs would be required to have a minimum capital base of N500m, N0.25m as a non-refundable application fee and N2m as a non-refundable licence fee.

The apex bank disclosed that Tier 2 BDCs would be required to have a minimum capital base of N500m, N0.25m as a non-refundable application fee and N2m as a non-refundable licence fee.

Also, the regulator mandated all existing BDCs to re-apply for new licenses in their preferred category with a six-month grace period to meet the capital requirement.

The BDC operators, at the end of a virtual meeting themed ‘New CBN Regulatory & Supervisory Reforms for BDCs: Challenges and Way Forward’ on Tuesday, decried the move by the CBN.

Reading the recommendations of the association, the President of ABCON, Aminu Gwadebe, demanded, “Immediate reversal of the financial requirements to our submitted proposal on the draft guidelines for Tier 1 N500m, N100m for Tier 2 and N35m for Tier 3 with each having different levels of engagement with the regulators.

“They should allow the existing owners of both the eligible BDCs and revoked BDCs to recapitalise instead of reapplying.”

Recall that earlier in the year; the CBN revoked the licences of 4,173 bureau de change operators for failing to observe regulatory provisions.

“The CBN should embark on nationwide enlightenment to address the fears of the willing investors. The timing for compliance should be extended to two years for fairness. Existing BDCs to be allowed to use their generic names as against registration of new names at the CAC.

“The terms of engagement for mergers and acquisitions should be properly explained to allow for inclusion. The ratio of 75 per cent cards and 25 per cent cash should be reversed inversely to encourage smooth takeoff,” the association noted.

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