Corporate Governance Mechanisms And Bank Financial Performance: A Case Study Of Selected Banks In Enugu Metropolis

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The objective of this research is to examine corporate Governance mechanisms on financial performance. The study is also aimed at: Studying the relationship between corporate governance mechanisms and financial performance, Determining if corporate governance has positive effects on directors, and also ascertain the relationship between effectiveness and financial performance of the selected banks. These are the areas that the researcher concentrated while carrying out this research work. The first chapter is the introductory part of the research work. This chapter also contains the background of the study, statement of problems, research Question etc. Data for the study was sourced from two main sources which include Primary and Secondary sources of data collection. Primary data: Questionnaires and oral interviews were used to collect information from the respondents. Secondary data : Journals, magazine and other relevant materials relating to the area of my investigation will be review. Extensive literature review was carried out on direct literature and indirect literature on books, journals and past works. The research instrument  used in this study includes oral interview and questionnaire.  The questionnaire is structural as to contain both close and open ended question. Simple tables and percentages were used in treatment of data while chi-square was used in the research work. Based on the findings, conclusions were drawn and the following recommendations were also made in the last chapter of this work which is the fifth chapter: Supervisory and regulatory agencies should improve on supervision of organizations through improved use of their machinery. Organizations should ensure that there is rotational leadership of the board. There should be separation of power between the CEO and the board chairman and that an audit committee should be commissioned in organizations to ensure that proper things are done.





Title page                                                                     i

Certification page                                                          ii

Approved page                                                                     iii

Dedication                                                                    iv

Acknowledgement                                                         v

Abstract                                                                       vii

Table of content                                                            viii

1.0  Introduction                                                          1

1.1  Background of the study                                          1

1.2  Statement of the problem                                        3

1.3  Objectives of the study                                           5

1.4  Research questions                                                 5

1.5  Research Hypotheses                                              6

1.6  Significance of the study                                          8

1.7  Definition of terms                                                  8



2.0  Review of related literature                                      9

2.1  Definition of financial performance and

corporate       governance                                       10

2.2  History of financial performance                                12

2.3  History of corporate governance mechanisms                    13

2.4  Users of financial                                                    19

2.5  Problems of Bank financial performance                            15

2.6  Essence of corporate governance mechanisms            19

2.7  Importance of corporate governance

mechanisms to Enugu state metropolis                      21

2.8  Benefits of corporate governance mechanisms            23  

2.9  Parties to corporate governance                                24  

2.10Roles and responsibility of top management

and board of directors                                             26  

2.11Principles of corporate governance                            27


2.12Problems of corporate governance mechanisms          29  

2.13Role of the accountant                                            30

2.14Other problems of corporate governance

Mechanisms                                                          31

2.15Mechanisms and controls of good corporate

Governance                                                           32

2.16Corporate financial regulation in Nigeria                     33

2.17Relationship between sound financial performance

and good corporate governance mechanisms                     34

2.18Ways to ensure good corporate governance

mechanisms, hence sound financial performance                35


3.0  Research design and methodology                            37

3.1  Research design                                                     37

3.2  Sources of data                                                      38  

3.3  Population of the study                                           39

3.4  Sampling size and sampling technique                       39  

3.5  Method of analysis                                                  42

3.6  Hypotheses Testing                                                 42

3.7  Assumptions and limitations                                     45


4.0  Data presentation and analysis                                 46

4.1  presentation                                                          48

4.2  Testing of hypothesis                                              64


5.0  Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation               74

5.1  Summary of findings                                               74

5.2  Conclusion                                                             76

5.3  Recommendations                                                  77  

       Reference                                                              79

       AppendixI                                                             80

       AppendixII                                                           81      




       Corporate governance mechanisms is concerned with the intrinsic nature, purpose, integrity, and identity of the institution with a primary focus on the entity’s irrelevance, continuity and judiciary aspects. It means that the governance involves monitoring and overseeing strategic direction, socio economic and cultural context, externalities and constituencies of the institution.

       Corporate governance mechanisms is also includes the relationship among the stakeholders involved in the goal for which the corporation is governed.

       Bank financial performance on the other hand, is the presentation of the summarized result of operation of an organization, this summarized result has helped to know the improvement of many banks in Enugu metropolis and also helps in relation of the financial aspect of corporate existence in Enugu metropolis.

       Sound corporate governance has becomes imperative for bank stability because it improve the performance of monetary polices in Enugu metropolis, especially in commercial banks of the metropolis which render retail-banking services and also provides current account that allow the use of cheques to the metropolis.

       Government in order to maintain macroeconomic stability, provide regulatory agencies that surprise and regulate some organization through the corporate affairs commission and other regulatory agencies like Central bank of Nigeria, securities and Exchange commission, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Commission, etc, but some of these regulatory agenesis have failed to carryout their responsibilities effectively.

       There has been greater demand for transparency requiring more requiring more reliable and accountable financial reporting that would ensure adequate protection of corporate stakeholders. This was because it was generally believed that the financial scandals in which people lost billions of dollars were caused by distortion in the corporate governance structure and financial performance of the affected organization operations leading to inefficient financial decision making.

       The fundamental concern of corporate governance mechanisms is to ensure the conditions whereby organizations directors act in the interest of there shareholders and to ensure that managers are held accountable to capital provides for use of assets. Therefore, it becomes a crucial element and necessary for the corporate governance system to function effectively (Wikipedia, free encydopedia 2006).


       Sound corporate governance is crucial for stability of corporate organization and markets that make up the economy. Corporate governance mechanisms is sustained by full disclosures, check and balances. Full disclosure by organizations also builds and sustains confidence in investors, shareholders, customers and regulators. So where there are corrupt and self-interest directors, managers and international auditors, financial performance position of an organization at any given point in time.

       Laxity of supervisor and regulatory agencies (CBN, SEC, NSE, NDIC, and CAC) on ensuring that corporate governance principles are adhered to in financial performance, also contribute to problems of poor financial performance and governance practice in organization. Many organization have corporate governance code and principle and sill fail to practice them. In some organizations, the overbearing attitude of organization CEO negatively affects organizations performance as they dictate what happens in the organization.




       The objective of this research is to study the corporate Governance mechanisms on financial performance.

Other specific objectives are;

1.  To study the relationship between board structure and financial performance.

2.  Determine if corporate governance has positive effects on directors effectiveness.

3.  To ascertain the relationship between board effectiveness and financial performance of the selected banks.


       To carry out this study, the researcher raised the following research questions

1.  What is the relationship between board structure and financial performance of the bank?

2.  Does corporate governance have positive effect on the director’s effectiveness?

3.  What is the relationship between directors effectiveness and financial performance of the bank?


       Hypothesis is an intelligent guess about the solution to a problem whose validity is to be established. The researcher therefore formulated the following hypothesis for the study.


Ho: There is no relationship between board structure and performance of the bank.

H1: There is significant relationship between board structure and performance of the bank.


Ho: corporate governance does not have positive effect on director’s effectiveness.

H1: corporate governance has positive effect on director’s effectiveness.


Ho: There is no significant relationship between director’s effectiveness and financial performance of the bank.

H1: There is significant relationship between director’s effectiveness and financial performance of the bank


       It is expected that the findings of this study will give an insight on the importance or otherwise of corporate governance mechanisms and financial performance. The findings of this study will benefit the following:

·                    It will be beneficial to banks and management as it will broaden their knowledge on the role of corporate governance mechanisms on financial performance and help them to perform better their duties to the banks.

·                    Government and policy makers will benefit from this research as it will enable them bridge the gap in formulating legislations and policies that will protect organizations and investors by ensuring that best corporate governance practices are embraced and sustained.

·                    Regulatory bodies will benefit from this study as it will enable them carryout their oversight functions more effectively and efficiently if they adopt suggestions made by the researcher.

·                    Individuals and institutional investors will also benefit from this research work as they will be better informed and enlightened on their expectations of management and the board of directors will know what to expect from financial performance they receive on yearly basis.

·                    Finally, the research will serve as literature for further studies by individuals and gaps with interest in corporate governance mechanisms and financial performance issues.


Corporate governance mechanisms: It is the process by which a board of directors working through management guides an institution in fulfilling its corporate mission and protecting the institutions or organization’s assets.

Financial performance: It is the presentation of summarized results of operations of an organization by the management team for a specific period of time to the banks in any metropolis.

CAMA: Companies and Allied Matters Act

NDIC: Nigerian Deposit Insurance Commission.

SEC: Securities and Exchange commission

IAS: International Accounting Standard

GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

IFRS: International Financial Reporting Standards

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: They are a group of persons who run the affairs of the companies on behalf of the owners (shareholder).


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