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The Impact Of Cbn Current Reforms On The Nigeria Banking Sector

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The national apex bank, the central bank of Nigeria (CBN), since its establishment in 1958 has been preoccupied with the goals of ensuring the smooth running and satisfactory performance of the banking sector so as to enable it perform its leading role in the entire financial sector of promoting economic growth and international acceptability of the Nigerian banking practice. To achieve these goals, policies and subsequent reforms were promulgated. Some of the reforms were over-reaching and counter to each other. As a result, it has not been easy for the financial analysts to make good assessment of the impact of these reforms on the banking sector. Burning with the seal to crack this puzzle, the researcher chose this topic “The impact of CBN Reforms on the Nigeria Banking Sector (a case study of Union Bank Plc in Enugu metropolis)”. The information for the study was collected using primary and secondary methods of data collection. For the primary data collection, questionnaires, personal observations and oral interviews were used while existing literature relevant to the topic was consulted for the secondary data. The researcher used chi-square statistical model to analyze the data. Two major findings were made: CBN current reforms have a significant impact on the Nigeria banking sector. High proportion government borrowing from banks instead of capital market tends to push up lending rate. Two major recommendation were proffered, viz government has to borrow more from the capital market than banks so as not to whip up lending rates, and banks should not focus on opening more branches and acquiring more assets but should, instead, discourage handing of cash in favour of automation of banking operations. The researcher suggested possible extension to the study by looking into the effect of insurance and capital market reforms on the economic growth.



Title page            ……                           i

Certification page                                      ii

Approval page                                           iii

Dedication                                              iv

Acknowledgement                                     v

Abstract                                               vi

Table of contents……                                   vii



1.1  Background of the study…                         1

1.2  Statement of the problem                       5

1. 3 Objective of the study ……                         6

1.4  Research question                                7

1.5 Research hypothesis                               8

1.6  Significance of the study                          9

1.7   Scope and limitation of the study                     9

1.8  Definition of terms                ……            10

Reference                                             12


Review of Related Literature

2.1  Recent Developments in the Banking Sector       13

2.2 Banking Sector: Analysts Assess Impact of

CBN’S Reforms                                          15

2.3 CBN Reforms key to Sanity in Banking Sector       24

2.4 The Nigerian Financial Sector Reforms:

the Journey so far                           44

2.5 Establishment of the Nigeria deposit insurance

corporation (NDIC)…                         47

2.6 Promulgation of the CBN Act no. 24 of 1991

and the Banks and other Financial Institutions act

(BOFIA) no. 25 of 1991       ……            50


2.7 Introduction of prudential guidelines in 1990       52

2.7.1 Introduction of Universal Banking……       54

2.7.2 Establishment of more Discount Houses          54

2.7.3 Removal of Credit Ceilings    ……       55

2.8 The Nigerian Bank Consolidation Programme of 2005    55

References                               64


Research Design and Methodology

3.1  Research design                  ……  68

3.2  Sources of data              ……            68

3.3  Population and Sample size    ……            70

3.4  Method of investigations……                  72


Presentation and Analysis of Data

4.1      Analysis of Data                              75

4.2      Hypothesis Testing…                         80


Summary of Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

5.1 summaries of findings                           85

5.2  Conclusions                                       87

5.3  Recommendations                                89

Bibliography                                  93

AppendixI…                                        97

Appendix II               ……                 98





Economic growth has long been considered an important goal of economic policy with a substantial body of research dedicated to explaining how this goal can be achieved. Most of the empirical studies have focused on explanatory variables selected on the basis of their relevance to policymakers or because of other theoretical predictions. See for instance, Barro 1991; Levine and Renelt 1992.

However, while most prior empirical studies have focused on economic and non economic determinants of growth in developed and developing economies, there has been very little study focusing on the relationship between the banking sector and economic growth in developing economies. The handful of studies undertaken has focused on transition economies of central and eastern European and the Baltics. Tuuli (2002) explained that although there has been numerous empirical studies on the determinants of growth in transition economies “the relationship between financial markets and economic growth, however, has largely been ignored. To our knowledge, the only study that empirically tests the relation between financial markets and economic growth in transition countries is Drakos’s (2002) paper on the effects of banking sector’s structure on economic performance.” Tuuli’s (2002) study however has some shortfalls: it equates financial sector reforms with banking sector reforms; it uses unbalanced panel data from 25 transition countries as variables which were either not always available or were unavailable for identical periods for each country, and it ignores structural differences amongst the countries.

In Nigeria, the only empirical study of the relationship between the banking sector and economic growth is Balogun’s (2007) paper on banking sector reforms and the Nigerian economy. There are, however question marks around the paper’s use of certain parameters in its model specification. For example, given multiple channels of accessing banking services such as internet banking; telephone banking; mobile banking; and use of automated teller machines; the relevance of the number of bank branches as a determinant of economic growth is uncertain. Secondly, the paper makes use of lending rates, savings rates and exchange rates as explanatory variables. Tuuli (2002), however assert that rather than use lending and/or savings rates, interest rate margins (i.e. the difference between savings and lending rates), are “a good estimator for efficiency in the banking

sector as it describes transactions costs within the sector”. Also, Elbadawi (1992) found that high exchange rate premiums (i.e. the difference between the parallel and official market exchange rates), lead to lower revenue generation from official exports, increased difficulties in controlling inflation and an acceleration of capital flight.

As a result, there remains a gap in understanding the causal relationship between banking reforms and economic growth in developing economies. Focusing on the Nigerian economy, a country whose banking industry has witnessed a large number of reforms in a relatively short time, the aim of this paper is to attempt to rectify this gap in economic literature by investigating whether recent banking sectors have had any effect in stimulating economic growth in Nigeria.

Based on theoretical considerations, annual time series data from 1999 – 2009 will be used to develop econometric models that capture the interrelationship between the country’s economic growth over this period, and relevant parameters. Policy directions aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth and an agenda intended to implement the outcome of this study will thereafter be recommended.

We conduct section 1 with a brief overview of developments within the Nigerian banking sector. A short review of relevant literature and discussion of the theoretical framework is undertaken in section 2. Data sources and econometric models are specified in section 3. Section 4 presents the outcome of the data analyses while section 5 suggests policy recommendations on the basis of the outcome of our analyses and suggests possible extension to the study.


       Absence of policies and regulations in any human endeavour culminates in chaos and eventual failure. In similar vein, when there are policies and regulations and they fail to achieve the objectives for which they are formulated, the signification is malfunction.

       Reforms are introduced when the aforementioned scenarios prevail. The first scenario held sway prior to 1958 when the central Bank of Nigeria was established by virtue of the central Bank Act of 1958.

       The problem seemed to persist and, consequently in recent times, the CBN subjected the banking sector to a spate of reforms in quick succession which blured the proper evaluation of their effect, and there arose, as a result, the problem and the need to properly determine the impact of the reforms on the Nigeria banking sector with particular reference to union Bank of Nigeria Plc in Enugu Metropolis.

       Other problematic issues that need to be addressed are:

1.  The relevance of CBN current reforms in the economic growth of Nigeria.

2.  The extent to which the reforms have been implemented in the banking sector.

3.  The determination of the influence of CBN current reforms on the financial performance of union bank plc.

Existing literature revealed that before the establishment of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1958, there were about 185 banks and majority of them failed. After the establishment of the Central Bank, the apex bank came up in quick succession with a lot of regulations and counter-regulations which made it uneasy for the analysts to [properly determine their impacts. Hence, the question; what are the impacts of CBN current reforms on the Nigeria banking sector? There exist other problems that relate to the one above which the researcher has the burning desire to address.     


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of CBN current reforms on the Nigerian banking industry with

particular reference to Union bank Plc in Enugu metropolis. Some other objectives of this study are:

1.  To determine the relevance of CBN current reforms in economic growth of Nigeria.

2.  To assess the impact of the current reforms in Nigerian banking sector.

3.  To determine how the reforms have is been implemented in the banking sector.

4.  To determine the influence of CBN current reforms on the financial strength of Union bank plc.


The following research questions were formulated in this research work:

1.  What are the relevance of CBN current reforms in the economic growth of Nigeria?

2.  What are the impact of CBN current reforms on Nigerian banking sector?

3.  How have the current reforms been implemented in the banking sector?

4.  What are the influences of CBN current reforms on the profitability of Union bank plc?


For the purpose of the study, the following hypotheses were formulated:


Ho: CBN current reforms do not have any impact in Nigerian banking sector.

H1: CBN current reforms have a significant impact in Nigerian banking sector.


Ho: CBN current reforms do not have any influence on the profitability of Union bank Plc.

H1: CBN current reforms have great influence on the profitability of Union bank Plc.


This study will be of immense benefit to the students and lecturers who will want to do research in the same topic.

This study will serve as a guide to the students who are in this field of study (management sciences).


The study will be based on “the CBN current reforms on the Nigeria banking sector”. The researcher will restrict his work to union bank plc in Enugu metropolis. Any other reference to materials, places, items, activities or periods is just for purpose of clarity and vivid understanding of the topic and not within the scope.

       The researcher in carrying out his study encountered numerous problems, which includes:

i)     FINANCIAL – This includes lack of enough fund to move around and visit the various areas in the state, and also lack of money to buy enough research material which constitutes an impediment to researchers. High cost of transportation in the city due to long distance also imposed its own limitation on the researcher.

ii)    TIME – Time is also another constraint to the researcher.  This is because the researcher is combining school activities and at the same time and this made him unable to cover a lot of interesting areas and to a great extent, limited his research work but therefore limited her research work.

       Another constraint to the researcher was that some of the workers found it difficult to express their problem. 

       Batting with the above limiting factors, yet, the researcher tried his best to bring out in details the evaluation of the impact of CBN current reforms on the Nigerian banking sector. The constraints have limited the researcher to carry out his research work effectively.


Reform:reform is the act of making better or improving by removing or putting right faults or errors.

CBN: This is the apex bank in Nigeria that serves as a banker to the government and other banks and controls the activities of other banks within the country’s banking system.

Banking industry: this is the sector of the economy that engages in banking business.

Bank: a bank is an institution or a person with a license whose main business is the acceptance of deposits which are payable on demand or at short notices and lending them out at a profit.

Impact: this means strong impression or effect.

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