CBN Gives Fresh Order to Zenith, GTB, Access, Others on Naira Loans to Customers

CBN Gives Fresh Order to Zenith, GTB, Access, Others on Naira Loans to Customers

  • In a recent development, Nigeria's central bank has prohibited the use of foreign currency for collateral for naira loan
  • According to the apex bank, Eurobonds issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria are exempted from the ban
  • The CBN directed that all loans currently secured with dollar-denominated collaterals should be wound down within 90 days

Legit.ng journalist Zainab Iwayemi has over three years of experience covering the Economy, Technology, and Capital Market.

The use of foreign currency as collateral for naira loans has been banned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

CBN gives new order to banks
The central bank has prohibited the use of foreign currency for naira loans. Photo Credit: CBN The Trusted Advisor
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Dr Adetona Adedeji, the acting director of the CBN's Banking Supervision Department, stated this in a directive to Nigerian banks.

However, the CBN excluded any Eurobonds that the Federal Government of Nigeria issued or foreign bank guarantees, such as standby letters of credit, from the prohibition.

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He claimed that bank customers are currently using Foreign Currency (FCY) as collateral for naira loans, as the CBN has observed.

The CBN noted:

“Consequently, the current practice of using foreign currency-denominated collateral for Naira loans is hereby prohibited, except where the foreign currency collateral is Eurobonds issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria or Guarantees of foreign banks, including Standby Letters of Credit.
“In this regard, all loans currently secured with dollar-denominated collaterals other than as mentioned above should be wound down within 90 days, failing which such exposures shall be risk-weighted 150% for Capital Adequacy Ratio computation, in addition to other regulatory sanctions.”

Legit.ng reported earlier that the apex bank, in a directive, said the minimum capital required by banks operating in Nigeria has now been reviewed upward.

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The bank allowed 24 months (starting on April 1, 2024, and ending on March 31, 2026) to comply with the new rule in a statement to all commercial, merchant, and non-interest banks and promoters of planned banks.

Only 17 out of 24 banks will survive

Legit.ng reported that a new report from Ernst and Young, a United Kingdom-based accounting firm, says 17 out of 24 banks in Nigeria will meet the capital requirement from the CBN if raised 15 times from its current N25 billion.

The report says options available to banks outside CBN requirements include mergers and outright acquisitions.

The report acknowledged the financial soundness of the banks, which shows that Nigerian banks are safe and resilient as of 2023.

Source: Legit.ng

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