$8.1b refund: MTN, banks engage CBN

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says four lenders that were sanctioned over untidy repatriation of funds for MTN are currently engaging with the bank in a bid to resolve the impasse.

In a statement endorsed by its Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, CBN said the recent sanctions on the banks arose due to irregularities with respect to repatriations made on behalf of MTN Nigeria Limited and were not in any way designed to restrict access to investor returns.

"In response to the recent regulatory actions, the banks and MTN are engaging the CBN and have provided additional information which is currently being reviewed with a view to arriving at an equitable

resolution,” the statement said.

"We assure all investors that the integrity of the CCI regime remains sacrosanct and there shall be no retroactive application of foreign exchange rules and regulations."  

Okoroafor said the CBN acknowledged the public interest over sanctions recently imposed on four deposit money banks (DMBs).

"We wish to restate that the CBN will continue to welcome foreign investments and investors. Indeed, some of our recent innovations and reforms of the Foreign Exchange regime such as the introduction of the NAFEX window, are designed to simplify foreign exchange regulations. Furthermore, the delegation of the issuance of Certificates of Capital Importation (CCIs) to commercial and merchant banks some years ago was done to instill confidence in the investor community and encourage the flow of foreign direct and portfolio investments into the Nigerian economy," he said.

The CBN, he assured, welcomed all legitimate investors to take advantage of the enormous investment opportunities in the country.


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