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Banking system stability: A prerequisite for financing the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria

Amadi, Agatha and Adetiloye, K. A. and Babajide, A. A and Amadi, Idimmachi (2021) Banking system stability: A prerequisite for financing the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria. Banks and Bank Systems, 16 (2). pp. 103-118. ISSN 1816-7403, 1991-7074

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The banking system, which has been the fulcrum of funding for Nigeria’s economy, is plagued by instability in the face of a growing amount of non-performing loans. This is examined in the current milieu of the need for funding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using a number of proxies for SDGs 8 and 9, annual time series data covering 1992 to 2019 were used with variables such as GDP per capita, commercial banks’ loans to small-scale enterprises, banking system stability indicators and liquid assets to total assets of banks. The study utilized the Autoregressive Distributed Lag. Findings showed that banking system stability has a significant positive effect on funding the SDGs 8 and 9 beyond the five per cent level of significance within the study period. Non-performing loans remained negative throughout the study. The result suggests that banking stability would enhance funding of the SDGs, and banks would be stable if they finance the SDGs. The policy implication explains the importance of banks actively pursuing opportunities to build sustainable enterprises and developing strategies that will enable their core banking business to be more venture-driven rather than consumer-oriented. In conclusion, there is a need to completely eliminate or reduce the quantum of non-performing loans from the system and establish a regulatory framework that will facilitate its expected role of intermediation in the economy profitably and successfully.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: credit to the private sector, non-performing loans (NPLs), total deposits, loans, bank funding
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 12:44
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 12:44

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