Liquidity Problems In Commercial Bank

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Liquidity Problems In Commercial Banks


This study is on liquidity problems in commercial banks. The total population for the study is 200 staff of first bank, Owerri and Aba. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made up accountants, human resource managers, customer care officers and marketers were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Banking operation which can be traced back to the early colonial period has helped in economy growth and development of a country.

In Nigeria, the existence of commercial banking started with the establishment of African Banking Corporation in 1892. The purpose of this was to distribute British currency in Lagos and other areas or district. In 1894, the British bank for West Africa was formed which took over the functions of the African Banking Corporation. In 1899, Bank of Nigeria later joined the British Bank of West Africa in 1912. In 1917, Barclays Bank was formed; these were the three first commercial banks to operate in Nigeria. First Bank of Nigeria Plc originated from British bank for West Africa the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc originated from British Bank for West Africa, the Union Bank of Nigeria originated from Barclays Bank.

Furthermore, indigenous commercial banks were incorporated to commence operation; the first among all was the industrial and commercial banks in 1927, which failed in 1930. Following were the indigenous commercial bank that followed suit.

The National Bank of Nigeria 1933 Agbomagbe Bank, now Wema Bank Plc in 1946.

After the first banking ordinances in 1952, many banks died off as a result of inability to meet up with the law. But the African Continental Bank and Agbomagbe bank were able to survive the ordinance.

Banking is an institution, which accept deposits of money and repays cash on demand. Though it provides many services to their customers, its main objective immediate needs with interest. (i.e.) the banks take from the surplus units and give to the deficit units.

For the bank to be able to meet the demand of their customers, they have to maintain good liquidity position. The liquidity of bank means the case to which a bank can convert it’s assets into cash. To maintain good liquidity position, banks have to keep adequate volume of non-earning assets the bank, which include. Cash, which is the most liquid assets of the bank, call money treasuring bill, short-term stock certificate of deposit and other short-term measuring instruments in its portfolio.

Rationale for maintaining liquid assets by banks in its portfolio include:

  1. Meeting the reoccurring expenditure and profitable investment opportunities to come in future and also meeting the central bank’s liquidity prescriptions.
  2. To meet the demands of the customers
  3. Maintaining public confidence.

However, banks like other business are profit oriented, therefore banks should invest in caring assets. Banks could only invest on earning assets when there are enough deposits in the bank. Banks are said to be maintaining profitability position when their earning is high. It is believed that in cause of banks making profit or investing in earning assets bring about liquidity problems in banks.

Therefore, equilibrium has to be maintain between liquidity and profitability though it’s always a conflicting concept.

Pre independence period

The bank traces its history to 1894 and the bank of British West Africa. It originally served the British Shipping and trading agencies in Nigeria. The found or, Alfred Lewis Jones, was a shipping magnate who originally had a monopoly on importing silver currency into West Africa through his Elder Dempster shipping company according to him without a bank economics were reduced to using barter and a wide variety of mediums of exchange, leading to unsound practices. A bank could provide a secure home for deposits and also a uniform medium of exchange. The bank primarily financed foreign trade, but did little lending to indigenous Nigerians who had little to offer as collateral for loans.

Post independence

In 1957, Bank of British Africa changed its name to Bank of West Africa. After independence in 1960, the began to extend more credits to indigenous Nigerians.

In 1965, standard bank of South Africa acquired Bank of West Africa and changed its acquisition name to standard Bank of West Africa. In 1969, standard Bank of West Africa incorporated it In Nigerian operations under the name standard bank of Nigeria. In 1971 it listed its shares on the floor of Nigerian stock exchange and placed 13% of its share capital with Nigerian investors. Then after the civil war the bank was control by indigenous directors hence it change its name to first bank of Nigeria.

Presently the bank is one of the top banks in Africa and one of the largest financial groups in Nigeria. The current chairman is Umarn Metallab the bank is the largest retail lender in the nation, first bank has created a small market for some of its retail clients.

At the end of August 2006 the bank had assets to totaling N650 billion Naira ($5 billion dollars). It was also the most highly capitalized stock on the Nigeria stock exchange and had about 10 billion outstanding shares. The bank auditors are Akintola Williams Deloitte and Touche (Chartered accountant). The firm has solid short and long ratings due to its low exposure to non-performing loans.

1.2 Statement of Problems

Over the years, Nigeria commercial banks have been facing series of re-capitalization. These ranges from two million (N2000000) to five million (5000000) to 500 million (500.000, 000) and now it is twenty five billion (25,000,000.000).

In spite of these, banks have continued to fail in meeting their financial obligations as at when due. People are worried as to whether the liquidity problem in Nigeria banks can be solved. It is on this premise that this research work is carried out. This work is aimed at identifying the problems of liquidity in commercial banks. These problems include:

  1. To what extent are banks faced with liquidity problems.
  2. Com adequate liquidity management help bank to get out of distress.
  3. To what extent to the loan and advances given out to customers affect the liquidity of commercial banks.

The problems of bad debts and fraud, which have continued to plague the commercial banks liquidity position, problem of excess investment on non-earning assets that affects the profitability and liquidity of commercial banks. In any case this research will attempt to solve the above problems.

1.3 Objectives of the Study

This research is set out to:

  1. Find out the effects of various liquidity problems of commercial banks on their profitability.
  2. To find the effects of loans and advances to customers and their effects on the liquidity of banks and loans policies.
  3. To find out the effects of liquidity problem in relation to deposit from customers.

1.4 Research Hypothesis

For further proceeds, the hypotheses below have been formulated.

  1. H0: Liquidity problem in banking system do not affects profitability of commercial banks.
    Hi: Liquidity problem in the banking system affects the profitability of commercial banks.
  2. H0: Credit facilities granted to customs do not affect the banks.
    Hi: Credit facility granted to customers affect the liquidity of commercial banks.

1.5 Significance of the Study

There are some assumptions made in this work which will guide the writer based on the problem as for the purpose of this study, the following assumptions were made:

  1. Liquidity in banking systems affects profitability of the bank.
  2. Adequate management of liquidity and profitability position enhances efficiency and effectiveness in banking system.
  3. Excess profitability position in a banking system affects liquidity position of banks.
  4. Equilibrium between profitability and liquidity position reduces problem in banking system.

1.6 Scope and Limitation of the Study

The sources of this work are restricted geographically to Owerri and Aba that is to say that the data in this work regarding liquidity problems and management are from Owerri and Aba branches. This research work which is based on the experiences of excess and inadequate liquidity in our commercial bank which is to be considered. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

a) Availability of Research Material:

The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study

b) Time:

The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

1.7 Definitions of Terms

Money at Call:

This is overnight loan granted to banks for the purpose of meeting liquidity pressure on borrowing banks.

Bank Deposits:

These are amount outstanding to the credit of the customers of a bank. Bank pays back these deposits on demand.

Bankers Acceptance:

These are commercial documents which banks have accepted responsibility to pay in case debtors default.

Treasury Bills:

This is a government security: it is a short-term instrument issued with a maturity of 91 days. This is issued by the central bank to control the amount of money in circulation and it used to raise finance for the government.

Bank Fraud:

This is a conscious or deliberate effort aimed of obtaining unlawful financial advantage at the detriment of another person who is the rightful owners of the fund.

Equity/debt Swap:

This is an arrangement used for solving debt problems. The bond holder exchanges their debt instruments for equity holding, this converts the creditors to equity holders (share holders).

Liquidity Risk:

This is when bank finds it difficult to meet it’s commitments when due and to undertake new transactions when desirable.

Credit Risk:

This is the risk on the interest or the principal or both on loan and security will not be paid as agreed.


This is the speed with which an assets can be converted into cash.

1.8 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 liquidity problems in commercial bank
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 liquidity problems in commercial bank

5.2 Summary

This study was on liquidity problems in commercial bank. Three objectives were raised which included: Find out the effects of various liquidity problems of commercial banks on their profitability. To find the effects of loans and advances to Customers and their effects on the liquidity of banks and loans policies, to find out the effects of liquidity problem in relation to deposit from customers. In line with these objectives, two research hypotheses were formulated and two null hypotheses were posited. The total population for the study is 200 staff of first bank, Owerri and Aba. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made up accountants, human resource managers, customer care officers and marketers were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies

5.3 Conclusion

From the results of data analyses this study draws the following conclusions. First, an increase in liquidity management leads to increase in financial performance. Second, liquidity management is a very important aspect of bank management.

5.4 Recommendation

Below are the recommendations of the study:

  1. The need to replace being practiced in the advance economies of the world. Investing on human capital may be beyond just employees but also frequently creating an interactive forum where bank clients could be sensitize on a variety of activities they indulge in that are capable of hindering effective liquidity management.
  2. The need to invest on human capital by banks as it offers the highest returns in terms of increasing performance and it also enhances the level of competence of the employee.

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