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CBN says banks remain stable, resilient despite pandemic

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CBN says banks remain stable, resilient despite pandemic

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, says the country’s banks have remained stable, robust and resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBN Director of Banking Supervision Haruna Mustafa said this during the Nigeria Financial Correspondents Association 2021, FICAN, workshop in Ibadan on Friday.

Mustapha, represented by Adekunle Adeniji, Deputy Director, Banking Supervision, CBN, said the capital adequacy ratio, CAR, rose to 15.21% in August, the liquidity ratio (LR) to 42.23% .

He said the ratio of non-performing loans rose from 6.58 percent to 5.9 percent in August 2021, while the banking system’s credit to the economy rose to 10.99 percent between January and August.

Mustafa noted that regulatory actions taken by CBN have contributed to the growth.

He listed some of the apex bank’s interventions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, including cutting interest rates to five percent.

The others are: a target credit facility of N50 billion for households and small and medium enterprises, SMEs, and the enactment of the Banking and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA 2020) to strengthen the architecture of regulation and resolution of banks and other financial institutions.

The director said the CBN would continue to develop additional countercyclical policy options that could be used in times of stress.

Mr Mustafa explained that macroprudential regulation and supervision were more critical than ever.

“We expect financial services to be delivered more digitally.

“We will continuously update and evaluate our prudential rules and policies to strengthen responses to economic and financial shocks.

“We will continue to deploy effective stress testing methodologies to detect vulnerabilities early to enable appropriate preventive action,” he said.

Mr. Mustafa explained that the banking sector has also supported the growth of key economic activities, which have been affected by the pandemic in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, hospitality and tourism.

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