- BDC operators have denied asking the CBN to increase their capital base
- The association said it wants numerous Bureau de Change operators to merge
- It believes the move will help position operators for a greater role in the financial system
The Association of Bureau de Change operators of Nigeria does not want the industry to be recapitalized; rather, it wants numerous bureau de change operators to consolidate.
This is coming after a report that ABCON is trying to get its members to enter into mergers.
The association had earlier called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to license operators’ digital autonomy.
Recommendation intended to improve BDC corporate governance
The recent recommendation, according to report was intended to significantly improve ABCON’s corporate governance and norms of interaction with the apex bank, the organization’s president, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, stated in a statement on Thursday.
Class ‘A’ BDCs were given the option to merge in 2007/2008, giving them access to a weekly allocation of $1 million and a capital base of N500 million.
Instead of a complete examination of each operator’s capital base, the group advocated for similar business models through mergers and consolidation.
According to the group, each of the BDCs with CBN licences had capital of N35m and should be permitted to voluntarily consolidate among themselves.
Gwadabe stressed that the group never demanded an increase in the statutory regulatory-approved capital base of N35 million for each BDC. Rather, he said a merger of at least ten BDCs to create new capital of N350 million was sought.
Action to lessen regulatory demands
He said that the action will lessen regulatory demands and expand the operation’s scope and source diversification through several windows.
He asserted that the consolidation of many BDCs into a single, stronger organisation will position them for a greater role in the financial system.
This he added includes the management of diaspora remittances or other offshore monies drawn into the country’s economy to expand access to foreign exchange for consumers.
Gwadabe claimed that the consolidation effort by the apex bank in 2004 that resulted in the merger of several commercial banks is a model that the apex bank might use for the BDCs.
He added that this will help to reduce their size and present an easily manageable operator for maximum influence in the foreign exchange market.
According to him, ABCON denies media reports that call for the recapitalization of BDCs. He claimed that the association had been quoted by the media out of context, thus the organisation is striving to develop accurate accounts.
He claimed that the BDCs were looking for various industry mergers to minimise the number of players and allow for more effective regulation.
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TopLatestNews had reported that the Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria to sell forex to them to improve dollar liquidity in the country.
ABCON President Aminu Gwadebe in a telephone interview with TopLatestNews said that such a decision will help ease the pressure on the naira.
He stressed that BDCs can go a long way in helping the CBN monetary policies and efforts to create stability in the forex market.