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Customers express disappointment over CBN’s directive on transaction charges

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Customers express disappointment over CBN’s directive on transaction charges

Some banks customers Wednesday, expressed disappointment on the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on new charges on certain lodgements and withdrawals.

A cross section of customers who spoke in Abuja described the policy as unfriendly.

The CBN on Tuesday issued a circular to deposit banks to commence the implementation of the cashless policy in six pilot states across the country.

The apex bank directed that implementation should commence from Sept 18 in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, and Rivers States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

It, however, stated that the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy would take effect from March 31, 2020.

The CBN explained that transactions will attract three per cent processing fees for withdrawal and two per cent processing fees for lodgement of amounts above N500, 000 for individual accounts.

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Similarly, corporate accounts will attract five per cent processing fees for withdrawal and three per cent processing fee for lodgement of amounts above N3 million.

Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, a civil servant said the adjustment sent wrong signals to customers and people that did not have bank accounts.

Bello said there were so many charges which the DMBs had surreptitiously imposed on customers.

He said now that CBN had given them the leeway for other charges, the situation would be unbearable.

“I am surprised that CBN that has been campaigning for financial inclusion and wanting to increase the number of Nigerians patronising the banking system is coming up with such interest rates.

“The question is how do you encourage people to bank their money when existing customers are being discouraged with all sorts of bank charges? ”

Mr Peter Kunle, a businessman, said the directive was not a good development to bank customers.

Kunle said that charges for lodgements would have been unnecessary since there was already a charge for withdrawal.

He said that the masses already had more than enough financial burden, and this was unnecessary.

Mr Cletus Magbo, also a businessman, highlighted that the news on the CBN’s directive to deposit banks came to him as a shock.

Magbo said though he was aware of the government’s cashless policy, he never knew the banks needed to charge fees on lodgements and withdrawals in an attempt to implement the policy.

He stated that if the CBN could find other ways to implement the policy without charging any fees on lodgement and withdrawal, it would be better.

 

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CBN Revokes Licenses Of 4,173 BDCs

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced the revocation of the operational licences of 4,173 Bureaux De Change (BDCs) for failure to observe some regulatory provisions.

According to a statement issued by CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mrs Hakama Sidi on Friday in Abuja, the move is an exercise of the powers conferred on it under the Bank
and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA).

Sidi said that the list of affected BDC operators was available on the Bank’s
website.

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She said that the affected institutions failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions:

They are payment of all necessary fees, including licence renewal, within the stipulated period in line with the guidelines.

Others are the rendition of returns in line with the guidelines and compliance with directives and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), and Counter-Proliferation Financing (CPF) regulations.

“The CBN is revising the regulatory and supervisory guidelines for BDC operations in Nigeria.

” Compliance with the new requirements will be mandatory for all
stakeholders in the sector when the revised guidelines become effective.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to take note and be guided accordingly,” she said. (NAN

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NGX: Stock Market Performance Indices Up By 0.33%

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

…Guinea Insurance leads the losers’ chart

The stock market on Tuesday maintained a bullish trend, bringing the benchmark indices up by 0.33 percent, to close at N39.349 trillion as against N39.219 trillion recorded on Monday.

Specifically, the market capitalisation gained N130 billion, representing 0.33 percent.

Also, the All-Share Index gained 327.35 points or 0.33 percent to stand at 71,907.26 as against 71,669.91

The increase was due to sustained buying interest in MTN Nigeria and Tier-one bank stocks; namely Guaranty Trust Company(GTCo) Access Holdings, among others.

As a result, the Year-to-Date (YTD) return rose to 40.30 percent.

On top stock traders, Julius Berger led by volume with N42.54 million, valued at N14.73 billion, while GTCo was the most traded stock by value with N84.92 billion units traded.

The gainers table was led by Infinity with 9.79 percent to close at N2.13 per share.

SCOA Nigeria Plc followed with a gain of 9.45 percent to close at N1.62, while Daar Communication rose by 8.82 percent to close at N0.37 per share.

Royal Exchange increased by 8.47 percent to close at N0.64, while Neimeth appreciated by 7.89 percent to close at N2.05 per share.

Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

On the other hand, Guinea Insurance led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 10 percent to close at N0.27 per share.

This was followed by Conoil with 9.83 percent to close at N78.00 per share.

Juli shed 9.72 percent to close at N0.65, Omatek closed at 8.75 percent, indicating a loss of N0.73, while Thomaswy lost 8.13 percent to close at N3.05.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep.    Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

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He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash core, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars was laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer, of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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