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Despite the challenges to Nigeria’s economy, many of the country’s banks enjoyed healthy revenue and asset growth in 2016. Asset quality issues continue to hinder the sector, but banks have found avenues outside of lending activities to expand their balance sheets.

 

Financial intermediation – the process of matching savers with borrowers – is a primary function of the banking sector. Intermediation channels excess funds towards productive uses, spreading the risk across a bank’s entire depositor base so no single saver bears the losses in the event of a loan default. However, in Nigeria intermediation is...

 

While Nigeria’s economy remains largely cash-based, there has been an increased focus since 2012 on reducing inefficient cash transactions. According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), an excess of currency in circulation has hindered plans to stabilise prices. In addition, the costs associated with currency sorting, cash management,...

 

A primary issue affecting Nigeria’s economy in recent years has been the decline in foreign reserves, particularly the shortage of US dollars, which have been hit by low oil prices. This slump in the price of oil has caused major complications for the Nigerian economy as a whole, particularly given the increasingly high demand for imports...

 

What can be done to boost the provision of credit to the private sector in Nigeria?

 

What is the single biggest challenge facing microfinanciers in Nigeria?