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The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has expressed strong support for the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) proposed recapitalization of commercial banks, viewing it as essential for strengthening the banking sector and attracting foreign investment.

Alesta Wilcox Advocates for Recapitalization

At a press conference in Ikeja, Lagos, Alesta Wilcox, past chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Lagos Branch, highlighted the need for recapitalization. “Nigerian banks are currently weak, which discourages investment. Recapitalization will fortify the banks and create job opportunities,” Wilcox stated.

Coalition’s Composition and Concerns

The coalition, which includes the Constitutional Rights Advocate Initiative (CRAI), Movement for Nigeria Restructuring (MfNR), Centre for Social & Economic Rights (CSER), Committee for the Protection of People’s Mandates (CPPM), and Cadrell Advocacy Centre, aims to protect public interests and ensure transparency in the banking sector.

Wilcox disclosed that there are efforts by certain groups within the banking system to undermine the CBN’s reform plans. “We have credible information about a planned campaign to halt the proposed reforms to maintain their positions in banks that need recapitalization,” he claimed.

Addressing Non-Performing Loans

One significant issue highlighted was the state of non-performing loans (NPLs) in some banks, with some dating back to the 1970s. “These NPLs have accumulated interest over decades, but recent efforts to sell this debt have been approved by both AMCON and the CBN,” Wilcox noted.

Despite these efforts, some vested interests oppose the capital injection, fearing it will lead to the replacement of current executives. “This resistance is like rejecting a certified clean blood donation for an anemic child,” Wilcox remarked.

Call for Vigilance and Support

The coalition has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Bankers Committee to support the CBN’s recapitalization efforts. They also urged the Nigerian media to expose any attempts to derail the reforms.

Conclusion

The CBN’s recapitalization initiative aims to strengthen the financial system, restore confidence in the banking sector, and promote economic growth. The coalition’s support underscores the importance of these reforms in building a robust and resilient banking sector. Transparency and vigilance will be crucial to the success of these efforts.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

25th June, 2024

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