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  • Updated: November 27, 2020

Nigerian Banks Fear 50 percent Deduction Of Customers' Accounts, Increases Credit

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN's) policy on Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR) has forced Nigerian banks to offer more loan to businesses as AllNews learnt that fear of losing money to CBN pushes bank to increase credit to NGN19.54 trillion in fourth quarter of this year.

This is a significant growth when compared to the amount the industry loaned out prior to the LDR policy.

According to a circular released by the CBN, it was gathered that the banking industry's gross credit grew by 7.61 per cent in October 2020, rising beyond the 7.35 per cent recorded in the previous month, September.

The credit settled at NGN19.54 trillion as of November 13, 2020.

When compared to the N19.33 trillion reported for August ending, the CBN said the industry credit rose by N290.13 billion.

Prior to the directive of the CBN to banks to increase their Loan-to-Deposit Ratio, credit stood at NGN15.56 trillion, it has, however, increased by NGN3.97 trillion since the commencement of the LDR policy.

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Sectors Banks Offered More Credit To

AllNews gathered that banks are channeling their credit to manufacturing, General Commerce, Agric and Forestry, Construction, ICT, amongst many others. General Commerce accounted for the highest credit, while manufacturing came next.

"Aggregate domestic credit, however, grew by 7.61 per cent in October 2020 compared with 7.35 per cent in the previous month, as a result of the Bank’s policy on Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR), supported by the Bank’s interventions in the various sectors of the economy. Total gross credit by the banking industry stood at N19.54 trillion as at 13th November 2020  compared with N19.33 trillion at end-August 2020, an increase of N290.13 billion.

"When compared with N15.56 trillion at the commencement of the LDR policy in May 2019, total gross credit increased by N3.97 trillion. These loans were granted  mainly to manufacturing (N738 billion), General Commerce (N874 billion), Agric and Forestry (N301 billion), Construction (N291 billion), ICT (N231 billion), just to mention a few." the statement disclosed.

Fear of Losing Money To CBN Grip Banks

Nigerian banks are fearful of a financial sanction from the CBN, who threatened penalty on any bank that fails to meet the Loan-to-Deposit Ratio which is 65%. The penalty is to encourage banks increase their liquidity to real sector of the economy as over the years, banks have reduced or try to avoid borrowing to the Real Sector, instead prefering risk-free securities.

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According to the CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Ahmad Abdullahi, CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said banks will be penalised through a levy or additional Cash Reserve Requirement (CCR) equal to 50% of the lending shortfall of the target.

The CCR is the amount banks are expected to deposit into CBN - deducting more will leave banks with less capital to transact, affecting their revenue or earnings. In a Nairametrics report last year, CBN deducted NGN499.1 billion from twelve banks for failing to meet the LDR.

As banks continue to increase their Loan-to-Deposit Ratio, the CBN will fund the banks with more cash. So the more credit banks give to various sectors, the more money they receive from the CBN - the less credit banks provide result to more deduction from CBN.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that as the credit rises, the interest rate declined as well, "The Committee noted the reduction in interest rates on loans granted by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs). As at October 2020, 86.23 per cent of total loans granted to over one (1) million customers, by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) were at interest rates considerably below 20 per cent. This was an improvement from 76.43 per cent as at July 2019."

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Fakoyejo Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ)....

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