NDIC Promises Prompt Payment to Depositors in Closed Banks

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has promised depositors of closed banks, speedy payment of their insured sums.

The NDIC made the promise on the heels of the recent revocation of licenses of 179 Microfinance Banks (MFBs) and four Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Managing Director/Chief Executive (MD/CEO) of NDIC, Bello Hassan who gave the assurance in a statement, said the NDIC would commence the process of payment of the insured sums immediately with the verification of eligible depositors at the respective premises of the closed banks.

He enjoined affected depositors to get the required documents ready for the exercise such as; proof of account ownership, verifiable means of identification and alternate bank account to facilitate their seamless verification and payment of their insured deposits.

The NDIC Boss stated that the insured deposit is the first claim that the Corporation pays to depositors upon revocation of bank’s license by the CBN, adding that the maximum specified limits for the MFB and PMB sub-sectors are N200,000.00 and N500,000.00 per depositor per bank, respectively.

As liquidator, the MD/CE disclosed that the Corporation has also put machinery in motion to commence sales of assets of the defunct banks as well as recover debts owed to them in order to declare liquidation dividends on pro rata basis to the affected depositors with claims exceeding the maximum insured sums.

He restated that regulatory authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the soundness of the banking system is not compromised, stressing that there is no need for the public to panic over the safety of their bank deposits.

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