The latest figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria have revealed that the Nigerian banks’ assets gained N10 trillion between August 2021 and August 2022 to hit N66.76trillion.
The CBN disclosed in the personal statement of a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Kingsley Obiora, that the banking sector remained resilient amid economic challenges.
It stated, “Despite these headwinds, the banking system remained sound, safe and resilient amid slowing economic growth. Total assets of the banking industry showed an increase of N10.72tn or 19.13 per cent from N56.04tn per cent in August 2021 to N66.76tn in August 2022, driven by balances with CBN/banks, investments, and credit expansion to the real sector.
“As a result, the total flow of credit to the economy increased from N22.62tn in August 2021 to N28.12tn, representing an increase of 24.3 per cent to the key sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, manufacturing, general, governments and commerce.”
Also, he stated, lending to individuals and households increased from N1.85tn in Q2, 2020 to N2.5tn in Q2, 2022.
He said the industry non-performing loan ratio was 4.8 per cent at the end of August 2022 compared with 6.0 per cent at the end of August 2021, which was below the prudential maximum of 5.0 per cent.
The decline in NPLs was attributable to write-offs, restructuring of facilities, Global Standing Instruction and sound credit risk management by banks.