The focus of this study is on Credit Control Policies in Financial Institutions and its efficacy in minimizing loan losses. In order to achieve a purposeful study, the research reviewed related literatures on Banking, Bank lending and credit administration. An analysis of the responses from credit officers and information obtained from the secondary sources was carried out. The major findings among others are that:

1. Most financial institutions have formal credit polices enshrined in a manual to guide the credit officers and management.

2. Financial institutions usually include in their credit policies the loan territory, types and tenors of loans, acceptable securities, and the procedures for assessing, approving and monitoring credit facilities.

3. Financial institutions operate under a highly regulated environment through some government agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the ministry Finance, among others.

4. that despite the laudable credit policies, many finance organizations still suffer loan losses mainly because of unsound judgment by he credit officers, management override, lack of adequate supervision, or frauds and forgeries.

5.  the provisions of, and compliance with adequate and sound Credit policies is paramount to minimizing loan losses.
1.0      PREAMBLE
Banking business is generally that of accepting deposits from the saving surplus sector of the economy with a view to paying on demand or at an agreed future date and lending to the savings deficit sector of the economy. Banks are usually custodians of money and values of individuals and body corporate.

The Paton Commission (1948) defined banking as the business of receiving from the public on current account money which is to be repayable on demand by cheque and of making advance to customers. The 1958 ordinance defined banking business as “the business of receiving money on current account, of paying and collecting cheques drawn by or paid in by customers, and of making advances to customers”. Banking business is defined in the 1969 Act as “the business of receiving monies from outside sources as deposits irrespective of the payment of interests, and the granting of money loans and acceptances of credits or the purchase of bills and cheques or the purchase and sale of securities for account of others or the incurring of the obligations to acquire claims in respect of loans prior to their maturity or the assumption of guarantees and other warranties for others or the effecting of transfers and clearings, and such other transactions as the commissioner may, on the recommendation of the central Bank, by order published in the Federal gazette designate as banking business”. A banker means any person who carries on Acceptance House, a Discount House or any other financial institution.

Lending of money (or credit extension) is a major service provided by banks. In its bid to do this very efficiently, some guidelines are usually set out in other ensure that loans granted are repaid at the time and in the way agreed.

Bank lending is highly regulated as can be observed in the monetary circulars issued by the regulatory Authorities at the commencement of each (financial) year. The Nigerian financial system comprises of bank and non-bank financial institutions which are regulated by the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), National Insurance Commission (NIC), Federal mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), and the National Board for Community banks (NBCB).

There are a number of reasons why bank are regulated. One is to protect the deposits of their customers, another reasons is to encourage or limit particular kind of lending because of the expected impact on the economy. It is times aimed at ensuring sanity and professionalism in the banking sector. The restrictions imposed by statutory law and administrative regulations do not provide answers to many questions regarding safe, sound, and profitable bank credit. Each individual bank must answer questions regarding the size of the loan portfolio, desirable maturities, and types of loans to be establish the direction , and use of the funds from stockholder, depositors, and others, to control the composition and size of the loan portfolio as well as determine the general circumstances under which it is appropriate to make a loan.

This paper will look at the guiding factors which do influence a bank’s loan policies with particular references to the bank being used as case-study-citizens international Bank Limited. Items to be included while making or preparing a loan policy shall also be discussed. Attempts will be made to find out while banks still report much loan losses despite the policies and regulations in place.

Banks and non-bank financial institutions usually adopt some policies in granting credits to their customers so as to minimize the risk of loan loss by matching Risk and Return, cash flow and loan repayment.....
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