NDIC lauds CBN recapitalisation of banks

Sat, Apr 13, 2024
By editor


THE Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its move to recapitalise banks to achieve economic resilience in the country.

The Managing Director of NDIC, Mr Bello Hassan, made the commendation on Friday during the NDIC Special Day at the ongoing 35th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fair, which began on April 5, is themed: “Promoting made-in-Nigeria products for global competitiveness.”

Hassan pledged that the NDIC would continue to collaborate with the apex bank in ensuring a seamless transition while safeguarding depositors’ interest.

According to him, in the light of the ongoing global economic dynamics, the CBN has stepped up regulatory efforts to ensure the resilience and stability of the Nigerian banking sector.

The managing director said that significant stride in this direction remained the recent revision and pegging of higher minimum capital requirements for banks operating in Nigeria.

“Under this proposal, commercial banks would be required to maintain minimum capital levels of N500 billion, N200 billion, and N50 billion for International, national, and regional institutions.

“As well as N50 billion for merchant banks, while national and regional non-interest banks are required to maintain N20 billion and N10 billion respectively.

“This strategic recapitalisation initiative is in line with President Bola Tinubu’s administration urge to grow Nigeria’s economy to the ranks of $1 trillion base economies.

“This will not only strengthen the banking system but would also enhance the sector’s ability to withstand financial shocks,’ he said.

Hassan revealed that since the CBN revoked the licenses of 179 Microfinance Banks and four Primary Mortgage Banks in 2023, the NDIC had continued to efficiently disburse insured sums to verified depositors of these closed institutions.

He noted that depositors, who have undergone verification and have provided alternative account details, had received their payments seamlessly within a record period of five working days.

“While it is worth noting that depositors with amounts exceeding the insured limit will receive liquidation dividends once debts are recovered and assets of the closed banks are disposed.

“Moreover, the NDIC strongly encourages depositors of the affected banks to come forward with their Bank Verification Number (BVN), proof of account ownership, proper identification, and/or alternative account details.

“Various channels are available for claims, including visiting nearest NDIC offices in person, using the NDIC App online, or accessing the Claims Page on the NDIC website: www.ndic.gov.ng.

“Additionally, they can reach out through our Toll-Free Help Desk Line at 0800 634 424 357 for further inquiries as we remain steadfast in fulfilling our mandate and prioritising the safety of depositors funds,” he said.

Earlier, President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Chief Odeiga Jideonwo, said that NDIC had given Nigerians sleep and rest of mind that their deposit is safe.

Jideonwo appreciated the work of the Corporation as it had ensured financial stability, growth and confidence in the financial sector, adding those days when depositors are worried about their deposits are gone.

He also said that NDIC had been in the forefront of using the fair to enlighten depositors on how to safe guard their bank accounts/deposits against fraudulent practices in the banking/financial sector.

“The Chamber is happy that the decade-long relationship with NDIC is very healthy and we envisage higher synergy in years to come,” he said. (NAN) 

13th April, 2024.