In its recently revised National Financial Inclusion strategy, the Central Bank of Nigeria says its major focus is to reduce the proportion of adult Nigerians that are financially excluded to 20 per cent by 2020 from it baseline figure of 46.3 per cent in 2010. Chidinma Lawanson, Financial Services Consultant at IFC joins CNBC Africa to discuss how this revised strategy is likely to impact Nigeria’s financial inclusion drive.
Its day one of the lockdown for residents of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states since the restriction of movement announced by President Buhari. The Central Bank of Nigeria has urged residents of these states to limit the use of cash and patronise alternative payment channels. Babs Ogundeyi, Co-Founder and CEO of Kuda, a mobile-only bank joins CNBC Africa for more.
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The Central Bank of Nigeria says Non-Performing Loans in the banking industry moderated to 6.54 in the February from 6.59 per cent in January. David Adu, Senior Analyst at Meristem Securities joins CNBC Africa for a focus on Nigeria’s banking sector and telecommunication industry.
ARM Securities says the Central Bank of Nigeria will be torn between stimulating growth and maintaining forex stability as the Apex Bank holds its second Monetary Policy meeting for the year. Olamide Adeboboye, Research Analyst at ARM Securities joins CNBC Africa for more.
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