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NDIC to pay N16.18bn liquidation dividends of 20 failed banks

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The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) says it is prepared to conduct 100 per cent liquidation dividend payments worth N16.18 billion for depositors of 20 failed banks.

Already the corporation has asked depositors to come forward for verification and payment of their deposits that are in excess of the guaranteed sums, otherwise called “liquidation dividends”.

The NDIC Managing Director, Bello Hassan, disclosed this during the NDIC Day at the ongoing 44th Kano International Trade Fair in Kano.

He gave the names of the affected banks as Liberty Bank, City Express Bank, Assurance Batik, Century Bank, Allied Bank, Financial Merchant Bank, Icon Merchant Bank, Progress Bank, Merchant Bank of Africa (MBA), Premier Commercial Bank, North South Bank and Prime Merchant Bank.

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He also listed Commercial Trust Bank, Cooperative and Commerce Bank, Rims Merchant Bank, Pan African Bank, Fortune Bank, All States Trust Bank, Nigeria Merchant Bank and Amicable Bank.

Hassan said following the recent revocation of licenses for 179 Microfinance banks (MFDS) and four Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBS) by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the NDIC immediately commenced liquidation of the banks and began disbursing Insured sums to the depositors within just seven days of the closure of the microfinance banks.

“It is Important to note that out of these, the NDIC has paid N1.5 billion to 41,034 depositors of 129 MFBs and PMBs,” he said.

According to him, the payments are still ongoing and depositors with funds exceeding the standard will receive liquidation dividends after recovery of debts and sale of physical assets of the closed banks.

The managing director said it was imperative to note that in the unfortunate event of bank failure, the insurance coverage for depositors varies across different banking institutions.

“While depositors of Deposit Money Banks, Primary Mortgage Banks, Non-Interest Banks, Payment Service Banks, and subscribers of Mobile Money Operators are insured up to a maximum limit of N500,000 per depositor per bank; for depositors of Microfinance Banks, the maximum insurance Limit stands at N200,000 per depositor per bank.

“These insured limits undergo process reviews by the Board of the Corporation, ensuring comprehensive coverage for the majority of depositors.

“Furthermore, depositors holding licenses exceeding the insured sums receive regular payments of the excess in the form of liquidation dividends, that also extends to the benefit of creditors and shareholders of the respective banks,” he explained.

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He assured that the NDIC would continue to work in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure effective supervision of banks and adherence to procedures, guidelines and the Code of Corporate Governance for banks, which safeguards the safety and stability of the Nigeria Banking system.

He called on the general public, especially traders and businessmen, to always ensure that their funds are saved in licensed banks and not kept in their homes or shops to avoid the risks of fire, theft and armed robbery.