The Impact Of Risk Management Towards Effective Strategies For Financial Management

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The Impact Of Risk Management Towards Effective Strategies For Financial Management


Customers of the banks expect their bankers to provide them with loans and advances to make up any short fall in their funds requirement for transactional motive. This project is sub-divided into five chapters, which focuses on risk management in Nigeria Banking Sector. Questionnaires were distributed to collect the relevant information from the respondents, percentage and chi-square method were employed and hypotheses testing was carried out, it was discovered that there is risk in the bank sector which enabled the researcher to conclude that there is risk in bank lending and because the rules of lending are not often followed when granting credit facilities to their customers. It was however recommended that there is need to employ more competent staff to the risk management department.

Chapter One


1.1 Background to the Study

Banks are germane to economic development through the financial services they provide. Their intermediation role can be said to be a catalyst for economic growth. The efficient and effective performance of the banking industry over time is an index of financial stability in any nation. The extent to which a bank extends their operation to the public for productive activities accelerates the pace of a nation’s economic growth and its long-term sustainability (Kolapo, Ayeni & Oke, 2012). In the 21st century business environment is added multifaceted and intricate than ever. The majority of businesses have to trade with uncertainties and qualms in every dimension of their operations. Without a doubt, in the present-day’s unpredictable and explosive atmosphere all the banks are in front of a hefty risks like: credit risk, liquidity risk, operational risk, market risk, foreign exchange risk, and interest rate risk, along with others risks, which may possibly intimidate the survival and success of the bank’s Corporate Performance. The Nigerian banking industry has been strained by the deteriorating quality of its risk related assets as a result of the significant dip in equity market indices, global oil prices and sudden depreciation of the naira against global currencies.The poor quality of the banks’ loan assets hindered banks to extend more credit to the domestic economy, thereby adversely affecting economic performance. This prompted the Federal Government of Nigeria through the instrumentality of an Act of the National Assembly to establish the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in July, 2010 to provide a lasting solution to the recurring problems of non-performing loans that bedeviled Nigerian banks (Kolapo, Ayeni & Oke, 2012).

In the last few years, Nigerian banking industry suffered an historic retrogressive trend in both profitability and capitalization. Just 3 out of 24 banks declared profit, 8 banks were said to be in ‘grave’ situation due to capital inadequacy and risk asset depletion; the capital market slummed by about 70 percent and most banks had to recapitalize to meet the regulatory directive. This drama in the banking sector eroded public confidence in banking and depositors funds aggregately dropped by 41% in the period. Possibly due to financial liberalization and globalization, the fact is there has been a reckless abandonment of the essentials of managing risk in times of economic boom and recession; the volatility of bank earnings has been under-rated by bank managements. The central monetary authorities also impacted negatively on stability of the sector. The auditing exercise was a very good one but the sanctity and policy implementation mode was bad considering the nature of the Nigerian economy. Basically, bank objectives revolve around 3 directions: profitability, growth in asset and customer base. Aremu, Suberu and Oke (2010) pointed out that the major problem of bank management is the mis-prioritization of short term goals over its long term objectives. While the profitability centres on the quality of short term reprievable assets and liabilities, net worth expansion which is the equity capital, is a function of total asset and liability. In Nigeria, it has been observed that most bank managers have focused more on profitability (which usually is a short term objective), with little attention on risk managing the quality of assets which has better impact on the long term sustainability of a financial institution. The risks that are faced by businesses can be categorized into financial and non-financial risks. Both of these types of risks are very vital in order to safely run any business.

Sadaqat, Akhtar and Ali (2011) also scrutinizes credit risk having its financial nature and operational risk with its non-financial nature in context to Nigerian Commercial Banks, as financial market of Nigeria is among volatile markets of the world which is filled with anonymity and escapade performances. The recent economic crisis has focused attention on risk management, but managing risk is all about achieving objectives (Woods, Kajüter, and Linsley, 2008; Van der Stede, 2009). Senior managers in particular, are expected to build sustainable performances: create value at acceptable risk levels over time (Calandro & Lane, 2006). To this end, they should be clearly aware of the multiple sources and types of risks (CIMA, 2007). A stronger focus on risk in performance reports addressed to senior managers can address such expectation. Incorporating risk into performance management processes can foster a better understanding of the overall organisational risk exposure and improve business results. The way in which senior managers are made aware of risks via top management reporting is however an open ground where different professions and processes may find a role. On the one hand, the reporting of high level risk information is considered a constituent element of enterprise-wide risk management (ERM) frameworks. These attempts to provide an overview of crucial business risks, integrating traditional, function-specific risk management efforts, for example labour safety and information system security. This reporting can include a range of different information (Lam, 2006): qualitative information such as objectives at risk, audit findings and escalation of particular events or quantitative data such as early warning indicators, key risk indicators (KRIs) and financial risk measures, for example value at risk (VaR). On the other hand, it is argued that innovative performance management frameworks may contribute to foster senior managers’ ability to oversee business risks (CIMA, 2007). In fact, frameworks such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) try to overcome the shortcomings of traditional accounting indicators by means of a balanced set of non-financial performance measures. These allow an early detection of weak signals from the environment and provide a more timely and long-term oriented view of the business (Kaplan & Norton, 2001). The use of such frameworks can help signal that some risks related to an item exist and will eventually cause poor financial performances.

1.2 Statement of Problems

The Nigerian Commercial Banking industry has experienced series of problems right from the early 30s down to the middle of the first decade of the new millennium. In 1930 for instance, 21 banks failed. In 1958 when the Central Bank of Nigeria was founded, about 9 banks failed. Still in 1989, about 7 banks failed. In 2006, the numbers of banks were reduced to 24 from 87. As if it is not enough, the number continued to fluctuate from 25 to 24 and so on. The most recent record of banks failure in Nigeria was 2011 when 3 banks were acquired by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). Perhaps this problem is subject to recurrence. The question is: does it mean that these banks are not managing their risks at all; or is it that they are managing them poorly?

It is bewildering indeed when one begins to examine the Nigerian scenario of the financial crises; it is incomparable and sometimes very strange! Another question that comes to mind is why it is difficult for these Banks to find a lasting solution to this seeming customary problem in the industry. The study therefore attempts to assess the risk management strategies obtainable in the commercial Banks in Nigeria. The consequences of bank failures are numerous and very unpalatable, not only to the depositors but also the investors, the general banking public and indeed, the entire economy. The regulators and operators have also not had it easy when financial institutions collapse. Bank failures, in general, impair financial intermediation and efficient allocation of resources. They retard individual well-being and economic progress.

1.3 Research Questions

The following are the research question for the study:

  1. To what extent has government intervened in the financial institution in order to stop or reduced risk?
  2. Has inadequate collateral security causes financial risk?
  3. Does fund diversion have any effect on financial institution?

1.4 Objectives of the Study

To determine and appraise of banking industry has being in distressed state due to poor management risk firms that has huge profit in response to these commercial banks in Nigeria have seen the need to embark on the risk management and ways in which risk can be reduced or stopped.

  1. To determine whether risk management has any effect in financial organization.
  2. To highlight the rate at which inadequate collateral security increase the risk management.
  3. To investigate the extent to which government has intervened in financial institution in order reduces risk in banks.

1.5 Statement of Hypotheses

The following hypotheses formulate:

Hypothesis One
  • HO: Government intervention in financial institution does not influence risk.
  • HI: Government intervention in financial institution influence risk.
Hypothesis Two
  • HO: Inadequate collateral security does not cause risk in the banks.
  • HI: Inadequate collateral security causes risk in the bank.

1.6 Significance of the Study

It is hardly an exaggeration that the difference between the success and the failure in the banking industry is in the effective management of banks loan and advance. Efficient loan management is vital to the protection of asset and achievement of adequate return to the investment. Though much work abound in the literature of the technique of risk management the methods of reducing risk. Hence the significance of this study to banks will enable them to appreciate an appraisal of the risk and control mechanism. The economy as a whole will benefit from the study.

1.7 Scope of the Study

The study of risk management in Nigeria listed bank is used in my analysis all references therefore relate to united bank for Africa Plc. A six year period 2000-2005 will be studied

1.8 Limitation of Study

The limitation of this study includes some problem or constraint encountered.

  1. Time to get all the information is not there.
  2. Some of the respondents are not willing to response to the questionnaires, because some are afraid.
  3. Financial limitation which led to the inability to provide all the material that is needed in this study.

1.9 Definitions of Terms


Is defined as a possible event or circumstance that can have negative influence on the enterprise in question. Its impact can be on the very existence of the resources (human and capital).

Risk Management:

Risk management according to Raghaven (2003) is the proactive action in the present future.

Financial risk management:

Is the process of creating economic value in the firm by using financial instrument to manage the exposure of this risk. Financial risk management can be quantitative and qualitative.

Market Risk:

Is the method of assessing the market using the standard statistical techniques.

Credit Risk Rate:

It is the risk where by an investor supply money goods securities return from a promised future payment.


This can be defined as anything which passes freely from one hand to another. And it is generally acceptable in settlement.


The property pledge as a guarantee of payment or obligation on loan.

Operational Risk:

Is the risk continual circle process which result from loss of inadequate internal procedures or organization internal activities such as market credit risk.

Basis risk:

It is the risk, where interest rate of different asset/liabilities and off balance sheet item may change in different magnitude.

1.10 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  • Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature.
  • Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain the impact of risk management towards effective strategies for financial management.

In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of financial risk management towards effective strategies for financial management.

5.2 Summary

We now live in a world of uncertainty. Nigerian commercial banks have sustained and are most likely to suffer more penury if they refuse to give risk management a top priority consideration. In this study, it has been found that commercial banks have not been implementing their risk management strategies properly which highly contributed to the financial dilemma experienced by the industry. The risk management strategies adopted would have facilitated a sharp and stable improvement of profitability, growth in asset and customer supposed their risk were well implemented.

5.3 Conclusion

From the findings of the study, 1 unit change in Financial Risk Management(comprising of Understanding Risk, Risk Identification, Risk Analysis and Assessment & Risk Monitoring) results in 0.40 units increase in Financial Performance of banks. It can therefore be concluded that Financial Risk Management positively affects the Financial performance of commercial banks in Nigeria. It can also be concluded that the respondents are gradually embracing financial risk management techniques as a tool for boosting the financial performance of banks in Nigeria. This is supported by the high number of respondents who indicated that they have a financial risk management system in their companies which is encouraging despite having a small minority who did not reckon with financial risk management. The study found out that regular meetings and training of employees on the financial risk management it would enhance their knowledge and skills with the same. There is a need to look at other aspects such as strategic management and evaluation of financial risk management on the financial performance of companies in Nigeria

5.4 Recommendations

Based on the study findings, it is recommended that the oil companies should involve executive management risk management policies in the process of financial risk management on financial performance of oil companies. Training should be organized for staff so that they learn more about the concept of financial risk management on financial performance. Effective communication with employees to make them aware of the financial risks management in the companies is highly recommended as it will help them understand the way around financial management. The study also recommends that risk management techniques should be emphasized and made more effective in the companies.

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