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Banks Disburse N7 Trillion Loans to Nigerians in 3 Years

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Commercial banks in Nigeria in the last three years, disbursed over N7 trillion in loans and advances to customers, a feat the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said was achieved  through its loans to deposit ratio (LDR) policy.

Banks Disburse N7 Trillion Loans to Nigerians in 3 Years

This was stated by Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, deputy governor,  Financial Systems Stability, CBN, at the weekend at the 40th anniversary summit of Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) in Lagos.

Ahmad noted that the LDR policy which specified that a certain percentage of deposits in banks must go out as loans and  commenced in 2019, had seen the level of lending to the economy by banks improve improved significantly.

The CBN had in July 2019 increased the required minimum LDR to 60 per cent and further reviewed it upward to 65 per cent later in the year which has since boosted the real economy as well as increased retail lending to households.

Ahmad noted, “Over the years, the CBN has tried to ensure that we drive lending to the real sector, you would agree with me that the policy under Governor Emefiele over the last few years has really  emphasised on this, not only in terms of intervention funds given but in terms of some of the policies put in place  such as loan to deposit ratio (LDR)  which when we instituted, it in 2019 till now actually added about N7 trillion or so in loans, and which is quite unprecedented.”

On the stability of the banking sector, she said all metrics and indicators point that the banking sector is strong, stable and has been a catalyst towards Nigeria’s recovery.

 

 


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Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

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Phillips Oduoza, chairman of Nova Bank Plc, has said that the new commercial bank is poised to create jobs and make a great impact.

Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

Oduoza who spoke at the launching of Nova Bank’s first branch as a national commercial bank in Lagos, said that the bank’s foray into commercial banking and upgrade to National Banking Licence were part of a long-term goal to make an impact.

He said, “We are not here just to maximise profit, but we are here as Nova to have the greatest impact in the society. And this is one of the reasons why we decided to extend to commercial banking business.

“We have been very, very successful, as testified by our customers in the wholesale banking space. And we felt it is just necessary to extend the service to the retail end of the market, which is where you will have the largest population of banking customers.

“Therefore, we want to transfer that success story to the retail end of the market. We want to impact the Nigerian economy as a whole. We want to assist in job creation, stability of the country, which Mr President has been working on. So, by going commercial, it gives us a platform for more job creation in the country.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who performed the ribbon cutting for the inauguration of the first branch, commended the board and management of Nova Bank for taking the decision to invest more into commercial banking not minding the various challenges and uncertainties in the economy.

He said, “We need to encourage them; we need to stay in touch with them because they have a choice.

“They could as well have remained as a nimble wholesale bank or as a merchant bank as a matter. But they felt they need to take it further, and this means they need to dip their hands into their pockets and bring additional resources that would make it possible for them to be able to compete on a larger scale.”

 

 


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Wema Bank Partners NBC, SMEDAN to Empower Women in Business

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Wema Bank has partnered with Naija Brand Chick (NBC) and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to promote intra-continental trade and empower women in business.

This was disclosed at a briefing to announce the trade fair, which would hold August 17 and 18 in London.

Speaking, Divisional Head, Retail and SME, Wema Bank, Ayodele Olojede said the partnership seeks to address the challenges faced by women in international trade, where only 15 per cent of businesses engaged in international trade are led by women, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“In Africa, women only produce one-fourth of the total generated exported value, despite making up 50 per cent of the population. As a purveyor of wealth for over 8 decades, we understand that the economic prosperity of our people is directly related to ours. Africa, especially Nigeria, can only grow if we trade amongst ourselves and with other countries, regions, and continents.

“Through this partnership, we aim to increase investment, integrate Nigerian exporters into the global value chain, and facilitate foreign exchange collections using digital collection tools.”

Also speaking, the Director General of SMEDAN, Charles Odili applauded the efforts of Wema Bank at empowering women owned businesses and SMEs in the country in recent years, saying that the agency would be collaborating with the bank to make the London event a success.

He revealed that his agency would work with relevant government agency to make sure all the entrepreneurs who would be going to London for the exhibition are granted visa.

Also speaking, Tola Johnson Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Office of the Vice President, lauded the bank’s initiative at empowering SMEs and women in recent years through the Sara initiative.

Jhonson said his office was ready to partner with the Wema Bank on programs in the next few months to boost SMEs and create jobs for Nigerians, especially the youth.

 


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Sanwo-Olu, Lagos Gov Lauds NOVA Bank over Commercial Branch Launch

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor, Lagos state, has lavishly praised NOVA Bank Limited’s leadership for inaugurating their groundbreaking new business office on Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu, Lagos Gov Lauds NOVA Bank over Commercial Branch Launch

Philips Oduoza, chairman of the board of NOVA (3rd left) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor, Lagos state, at the groundbreaking of NOVA Bank new business office on Victoria Island.

At Tuesday’s star-studded commissioning ceremony, Sanwo-Olu lauded the bank’s resilience and investor confidence amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges, underscoring Lagos as a thriving business haven.

“We must applaud them. We must motivate them,” Sanwo-Olu declared. “The NOVA team had the option to relocate or stay in merchant banking. Instead, they chose to expand, investing significant resources to stay competitive and impactful.”

Representing the Lagos State government, Sanwo-Olu expressed his excitement over this significant milestone and commended NOVA Bank’s multi-talented team.

He gave special thanks to Philip Oduoza, chairman of the board of NOVA for his pivotal role in enhancing state security, as a one time member of Lagos State security Trust Fund, citing a remarkable absence of bank robberies in recent years.

Sanwo-Olu pledged ongoing government support to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

With the opening of its first commercial banking branch in Victoria Island, NOVA Bank has transitioned to a National Commercial Bank, backed by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s final license approval.

Oduoza, chairman and founder of NOVA Bank expressed elation over the bank’s new chapter, highlighting its successful leap from wholesale to retail banking.

“This is a dream realized. We have thrived in merchant banking, and now we are bringing our excellence to the retail market, impacting far more people,” Oduoza enthused.

He spotlighted the bank’s innovative ‘PHYGITAL’ model, blending physical and digital services for unparalleled customer convenience.

Oduoza emphasized the bank’s commitment to job creation and economic stabilisation under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration. He also reassured of shareholders’ commitment towards meeting the N500 billion banking sector recapitalization requirements through robust capital-raising initiatives.

Wale Oyedeji, managing director/CEO NOVA Bank Limited boasted of the Bank’s top-tier talent and cutting-edge technology as it continues investing in industry-leading core banking software.

“We’re merging advanced technologies to serve the retail and SME sectors while staying true to our roots as a premier merchant bank,” Oyedeji stated.

NOVA Bank, established in 2018, is poised for expansion with additional branches set to open in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano, solidifying its status as a banking powerhouse.

 


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