CBN set out against defaulting Anchor Borrowers

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set out against beneficiaries of its Anchor Borrowers Programme who have failed to pay back their loans.

Specifically, the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank Limited (NMFB), has published the names of some of the borrowers with the largest Non-Performing Loans (NPL) , insisting that they must pay back such loans.

NMFB in a demand notice issued in Abuja, yesterday, indicated that it had reached out to the beneficiaries who remained adamant.

It said, “Following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) directive to NIRSAL Microfinance Bank Limited (NMFB), to recover all non-performing intervention loans granted by NMFB under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (an intervention Scheme of the CBN), NOTICE is hereby given to the under-listed Customers, to offset their indebtedness to NMFB under the said intervention scheme of the CBN.

“Earlier Demand Notices have been issued by NMFB to the last known addresses of the aforesaid Customers, hence, this Public Notice serves as the final demand notice.”

Defaulters named by the management included: SADOLEN Interworld Ltd promoted by Saidu Audu Adaji and Nura Musa Hassa with an unpaid loan figure of N 2. 050 billion.

Gum Arabic Farms and Commodities Ltd promoted by Yusuf Ibrahim Babangida which owed N1.220 billion.

Prime Synergy Global Solutions Ltd was also identified by NMFB as a larg loan defaulter.

The company promoted by Mercy Ikeji and Jennifer Nyesom-Effiong owed N1. 451 billion.

According to the bank, other defaulters were: ASUJ Food Production and Processing, promoted by Abubakar Umaru Jibrilla owed N581. 416 million.

While Souvenire Seeds Nigeria Ltd promoted by Roseline Omokora and Con Investment Ltd promoted by Lady Josephine Waze owed N158. 184 million and 211. 605 million, respectively.


SEC records N2.5bn H1 surplus

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has recorded a surplus of N2.5 billion in the first half of 2022.

Speaking at the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/FSP interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Finance, Director General of SEC, Mr. Lamido Yuguda said the Commission has so far carried out its promise to reduce the top heavy structure in the Commission by offering some top personnel a voluntary exit package.

Yuguda, according to a statement by the Commission, stated that 2020 and 2021 were particularly difficult times for the SEC as it was running a deficit.

The Commission had projected an annual deficit of N1.6 billion for 2022 at the beginning of the year.

“When we came on board, it was very difficult but we assured the National Assembly that we were going to take certain actions to make this deficit a thing of the past and our story this year is that we have actually turned the corner.

“If you look at our 2021 and 2020, compare with the 2022 budget and the 6 months in 2022 you will see that there is an actual improvement in the way we manage the finances of the Commission. It shows our budget for 2022 and the actual out time for the first half of that year. You can see that we projected a deficit of N1.6 billion, but as at the end of the first half, we have a surplus of about N2.5 billion”.

He stated that the presentation is a summary of the kind of efforts the current management has made over the past few years to position the Commission on the path of fiscal sustainability.

“Mr. Chairman we were top heavy and we said before this committee that we had a plan to offer a voluntary early exit to some of our top personnel and I am happy to report that at the end of last year we offered this scheme and quite a number of our staff took the offer and we were able to substantially reduce our work force by almost 30 percent”, he added.

He disclosed that although the Commission makes more money when the economy is buoyant, he also stated that due to the current shape of the economy, there was the need to cut costs to ensure.

While admitting that the commission has been operating under very difficult circumstances since it is currently superintending over a market that was affected by the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic, he assured that steps are being taken to ensure that the fortunes of the SEC continues to improve.

He said: “If we go through the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework which we started last year, if we look at 2022 and 2023, you will see that we have worked on our expenditure and the deficit is now turning into a surplus. surplus. We therefore need the support of all to engineer the kind of transition we are thinking of at the SEC.