In response to the recent revocation of licenses by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has initiated the process of reimbursing all depositors of the affected banks. The banks in question include 178 Microfinance Banks and four Primary Mortgage Banks, with 62 of them having already ceased operations, 74 declared insolvent, 12 temporarily distressed, and the remaining six undergoing voluntary liquidation.
Assuring the public during a capacity-building workshop held at Four Points By Sheraton in Ikot Ekpene, Bello Hassan, the Managing Director of NDIC, emphasized the corporation’s commitment to upholding high standards and preventing public panic concerning the safety of bank deposits. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Representing the NDIC boss, Mustapha Ibrahim, the Executive Director of Operations, reiterated the corporation’s resolve to fortify the financial system to support Nigeria’s economic progress and ensure overall stability in the financial sector.
The primary objective of the liquidation exercise, as disclosed by the NDIC MD, is to facilitate the payment of the guaranteed sum to depositors, recover debts owed to the banks, liquidate physical assets, and make dividend payments on the uninsured sum.
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation plays a vital role in the financial safety net arrangement of Nigeria’s banking system as a deposit insurer. The recent revocation of licenses underscores the importance of the NDIC’s function in safeguarding depositors’ interests and maintaining confidence in the banking sector.
With the assurance of depositor reimbursement and the ongoing efforts to strengthen the financial system, the NDIC aims to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s economic advancement and the overall stability of the country’s financial landscape.