Anxiety Breaks As CBN Asks Nigeria Banks Staffs To Reveal Their Assets
Bank workers may have been left reeling in the gale of anxiety following a directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that all personnel working in the 19 Deposit Money Banks in the country declare their assets.
The directive, which was contained in a letter by the Apex bank through the Banking Supervision Department of the CBN, was issued about 4 weeks ago. In the letter, bank officials were given only one week to complete the assets declaration process.
According to some economic experts, the move looks a lot like the Federal Government is beginning to expand its ongoing anti-corruption crusade to the private sector, especially the banking industry.
As of today, August 12, investigation showed that only the staffers of Ecobank Nigeria, First City Monument Bank Limited and Fidelity Bank Plc had complied with the directive.
A top official of one of the tier-1 banks who spoke on condition of anonymity while narrating his experience said:
“All our staff members, from the most junior to the most senior, were asked to declare their assets through a court affidavit. It was handled by the company’s lawyer.
“We were asked to declare all our assets, including developed and undeveloped parcels of land, properties, houses in Nigeria and outside Nigeria etc. We were asked to also declare everything, including power generators at home. We complied within one week.”
It was learnt that some top officials living beyond their means may have been hit by the repulsive tornado of anxiety.