Our Priority Is Protection Of Nigerian Depositors, Says NDIC 

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BY; AMOS EBUTE MATHEW, Kaduna 

The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Bello Hassan has said that, the main priority of the corporation is the protection of Nigerian depositors. 

He went further to say that, the corporation has introduced the Single Customer View (SCV) framework to expedite payment to depositors of closed banks.

The corporation boss made it known at special day at the ongoing 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair, that the Corporation has also enhanced collaboration with the judiciary for speedy prosecution of failed insured institutions. 

Ably represented by the NDIC Deputy Director Communications and Public Affairs Department, Hajiya Hawwau Gambo, the Managing Director said the 45th edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair with the theme, “Sustaining Economic Recovery through Deepening Local Content Value Chain”, falls in line with the Corporation’s mandate and public policy objective of ensuring the stability of the financial system in order to provide the necessary support to economic recovery efforts of governments, business entities and concerns.

“Indeed, our priority at NDIC is the protection of Nigerian depositors. We are dedicated to safeguarding depositors’ funds from the adverse effects of bank failure and complementing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in effectively supervising insured deposit-taking financial institutions and formulating sound banking policies. This commitment is encapsulated in our strapline: “..Protecting your bank deposits”, ensuring financial stability and inclusion by assuring Nigerians that their money is safe and accessible when needed”.

He announced to depositors in licensed banks that the NDIC has significantly improved its processes to ensure swift payment of insured sums to depositors in the event of or in the course of bank failure, addressing depositors’ concerns and effect payment, which he further said aligns with the corporation commitment to deliver on mandate with renewed passion and greater vigour.

“In doing so, the corporation has introduced the Single Customer View (SCV) framework to expedite payment to depositors of closed banks. This concerted effort has resulted in resolving long-drawn cases of closed banks such as Fortune and Triumph Banks in liquidation. Moreover, we have utilised Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms and out-of-court settlements, revitalising our liquidation activities.

“These efforts have significantly improved our debt recovery rate, enabling us to declare 100 per cent liquidation dividends to uninsured depositors of more than 20 deposit money banks in liquidation. We continually strengthen our systems, processes, and procedures to enhance transparency and accountability across our operations”.

The Managing Director also disclosed that the corporation achieved remarkable success in reimbursing depositors during the recent closure of 179 Microfinance Banks (MFBs) and 4 Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs), ensuring timely payment of insured sums. 

“We also deployed digital remote payment strategies to facilitate electronic funds transfers to verified depositors’ alternate bank accounts. It is essential to emphasise that payments are ongoing, with depositors holding funds exceeding the insured limit set to receive liquidation dividends following debt recovery and asset sales.

“To address apathy among depositors with small balances, we launched the “Deposit Tracer” initiative in partnership with a Mobile Money Operator

2 (MMO), enabling depositors to access their unpaid balances through mobile accounts. Furthermore, we have deployed a mobile application and updated our website for online claims processing, offering depositors the option of virtual verification during payout exercises.

“I urge depositors of banks in liquidation to utilize these initiatives to claim their funds trapped in closed banks. Rest assured, NDIC remains committed to protecting Nigerian depositors and striving to be one of the best deposit insurers globally” he stated.

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