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The Nigerian Banking Sector Reforms: Power and Politics

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ISBN13: 9780230278417
Published: December 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

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With over $400billion looted from the porous banking sector of Africa's oil-rich giant, Nigeria, banking sector reform is a key priority for the Central Bank and the newly-elected civilian regime to attract foreign investors. However several vested institutional and political interests make the reforms a herculean and near impossible task. After a hastily-designed economic policy and a banking industry consolidation which reduced the number of banks from 89 to 25 in 2 years, the regulators discover that the quest for size has created more problems for the banks. Was the consolidation successful? Did it positively impact on Nigeria's economic reform programme? And how did the US, the IMF and the World Bank contribute to the outcome? This monograph examines the corruption, regulatory challenge, and financial sector reforms in the world's largest black economy. A vivid account of how the banking sector in Nigeria prospered at the expense of the overall economy, this book traces the origins of the Nigerian banking reform and the dynamics of its banking sector, and future outlook of this emerging market - a country that aims to be one of the 20th largest economies in the world by 2020.