Written by Sarah NEGEDU

NDIC advocates stronger ethical standard in banking

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has stressed the need for effective collaboration between regulators and operators in the banking system for the establishment of sound ethics and professionalism in the banking industry.

Managing Director and Chief Executive of the NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, made the call when he received members of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, CIBN, who were on a courtesy visit to the corporation.

The NDIC Boss lamented that instances of abuse of extant regulations and ethical standards impacted negatively on the confidence in the banking industry and the entire financial system in general. He cited the recent involvement of some deposit money banks in illegal forex transfers as a wake-up call for better corporate governance and ethical behaviour by the banks.

Speaking further, the MD assured the CIBN of his resolve to strengthen collaboration with the institute in the enforcement of good corporate governance among banks as well as the promotion of high ethical standards and professionalism. 

He stressed that it was the primary responsibility of regulators to uphold strict compliance with international best practices and ethical standards in order to promote effective risk management and sound corporate governance in the banking industry. This is in line with the Corporation’s drive towards protecting depositors and enhancing public confidence in the financial system.

The CIBN President and Chairman of Council, Dr. Uche Olowu  who led the delegation, attested to the recognition of the NDIC Academy by the International Association of Deposit Insurers, IADI, as a world class institution in providing capacity building for the banking industry.

He said this recognition and the CIBN’s active collaboration with the Corporation to entrench ethical standards is a key driver towards effective service delivery in the industry. He therefore emphasized the need to extend the collaborative efforts to joint research and knowledge-based events to enhance public awareness about the role of deposit insurance in financial system stability

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