The MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has emphasized the importance for human capacity development amongst staff of financial institutions for improved operations.
The MD who stated this at a 3-day yearly Internal Control and Audit Conference organised by Heritage Bank in Lagos, said training acquired personally and arranged by corporate organisations to individuals is useful not only to the person but key to the corporation growth.
He, however, advised staff participating at the conference to be rigorously committed in upholding integrity, as their job qualities define each person’s character.
Also, Sekibo stressed the need for staff to cultivate savings culture for their future, whilst noting that the fate of every staff of the institution is tied together by “this purpose called Heritage Bank.”
Some of the primary issues x-rayed at the annual conference were to ensure adherence to corporate governance across board, how to attain free fraud transactions, faster and seamless transactions, deepen synergy amongst Internal Control Unit (ICU), Audit & other Units, to ensure workable & functional system, cost cutting, due diligence in the process of tickets, cohesion in the working processes amongst other key issues.
Speaking earlier at the event, Chief Audit Executive of the bank, Prince Akamadu, said the conference was where officers of the bank responsible for internal control and audit across the country gather together yearly to review their activities.
He said the conference was also an avenue where the executive management of the bank tell the officers the expectations they want from internal control and audit.
Akamadu also said they used the opportunity to review their achievements in internal control and audit throughout the year and what their challenges had been and what could be done to improve their operations in the future.
Besides this, the Chief Audit Executive, said the conference was also a forum where the internal control and audit officers of the bank from all the regions of the country get first hand feedbacks from executive management about what the bank is doing, the direction of the bank and the expectations of the management.
He said the conference has helped over the years to enhance the operations of the bank, adding that, “We churn out policies and new procedures every time and sometime application could be a challenge and also at a forum like this, control officers exchanged ideas on how they work in their different regions to get results.”
“So when they get back to their bases, they are able to apply what they had learnt to improve operations for the overall benefit of the bank.”
Internal control, as defined in accounting and auditing, according to Wikipedia, the online free dictionary; is a process for assuring of an organization’s objectives in operational effectiveness and efficiency, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations and policies while from a broad concept, internal control involves everything that controls risks to an organization.
It is a means by which an organization’s resources are directed, monitored, and measured. It plays an important role in detecting and preventing fraud and protecting the organization’s resources, both physical and intangible.
At the organizational level, internal control objectives relate to the reliability of financial reporting, timely feedback on the achievement of operational or strategic goals, and compliance with laws and regulations.
Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, which required improvements in internal control in United States public corporations defines internal controls within business entities as operational controls.
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Zenith Bank Plc Sustains Market Dominance with Improved Profitability
In the first quarter ended 31 March 2019, Zenith Bank Group recorded improved numbers across key metrics, driven by a solid performance in all business segments. This resulted in a Profit before Tax (PBT) of ₦57 billion, representing a 6% growth over the ₦54 billion achieved in the corresponding period in 2018. The Group’s on-going commitment to cost optimisation on the income statement and statement of financial position ensured earnings per share increased by 7% to ₦1.60 compared to Q1 2018.
The growth in net interest income and operating income by 23% and 1% respectively mitigated the decline in gross earnings. The effective management of cost-to-income ratio, cost of funds and cost of risk offset top-line declines to deliver an enhanced operating income in the period.
Our risk and asset quality continues to improve as cost of risk dropped significantly by 52% from 0.9% in the prior year to 0.4% for the period. This was achieved as impairment charges declined by 54% (₦2.5 billion year on year reduction). Our cost of funds also improved, declining by 25% from 4% in Q1 2018 to 3% at quarter-end. This was supported by a 22% decrease in interest expense of ₦10 billion over the same period, affirming the Group’s robust treasury and liquidity management. Our prudent cost management led to a 5% decline in our cost-to-income ratio by 5% from 53.3% in 2018 to 50.9% in the period with an absolute reduction in operating expenses by ₦2.3 billion year-on-year.
The Group’s retail franchise continues to increase as retail deposits grew by N80bn between December 2018 and March 2019 representing a 9% growth notwithstanding the fact that total customer deposits dropped marginally by 3%. The drop in customer deposits was as a result of rebalancing of the deposit mix as expensive purchased deposits were forgone in favour of cheaper and stickier retail deposits.
The volume and value of transactions across our electronic and digital platforms continue to grow as new customers are being acquired. Our balance sheet continues to strengthen as liquidity ratio is at 66.7%, loan to deposit ratio closed at 43%, and capital adequacy ratio ended the period at 25% respectively and remain above the relevant regulatory thresholds as at 31 March 2019.
Going into the rest of the year and with improving economic fundamentals, we are confident of delivering value to all our stakeholders on our commitments even as we create more opportunities for businesses by supporting them through selective risk asset creation. We shall continue our investments in the retail segment of the market as we consolidate our leadership position in the corporate segment while maintaining a strong balance sheet.
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Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has broken history, as a woman’s signature first time in Nigeria’s 59-year history, is inscribed on the Naira.
Priscilla Ekwere Eleje, who has been acting director of currency and operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been confirmed, substantive director of the apex bank.
She is the first female director of currency in the history of the bank, and her signature has been appended on the naira — breaking another glass ceiling.
Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s foremost potter, is the only woman on the naira, taking a spot at the back of the N20 note.
Every naira note in the country’s history — save the N20 note — has had the face, name, and signature of a man, up until now.
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