1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Nigeria as a developing nation is in dire need of a vibrant economy anchored on productivity, which is in turn anchored on liberal loan management and administration of Nigerian banks. According to Moha (2006:110), for any developing country to escape the vicious circle of poverty, there has to be foresight and insight into the funding of entrepreneurial activities to stimulate production in all sectors of the economy. This function has to be undertaken by the banks through effective and profitable loan administration and management.
According to Lopez (2005:210), Japan was one country known for making fake products. These products, he noted, have been greatly improved as a result of liberal loans management and administration from banks. In his own submission, Adeniyi (2006:62), said one major constrain to production in the Sub-Saharan Africa, is the poor funding. Leadership, he said, is the rallying point of all activities, which is far from policies. For any economy to be transformed, there must be efficient loan administration.
Accordingly, Moha (2006:181), opined that bank is the center point of macro economic nexus because all productive capacities in any economy hinge on its loan administration and management. Bank loans which activate the economy are those that are channeled to productive ends.
Ogwuma (1996:11), noted that the bane of Nigeria’s dwindling economy is excessive dependence on imported goods which in itself is a clear evidence of a castrated economy that cannot sustain itself. Soludo (2006:08), in his submission noted that the heartbeat of any nation is its diversified and effective production sustained economy. It is a bull-wave against external infiltration. He added that loan policy meaningfully framed and religiously implemented, is all that is needed to transform Nigeria.
Successful lending has direct effect on economic growth and development on the economy. It means that not only profit to the bank, but also creation of new investment opportunities, creation of new jobs and increase of capacity utilization. Sambo (2005:93), stated that bank loans have to affect different sectors of the economy, viz, agriculture, commerce, mining, industry and different services, which yawn for holistic development.
Loan administration means the range of activities involved in extending a credit facility to a bank loan applicant i.e. the borrower.
Loan management is the lending officer’s responsibility to supervise, monitor and keeping close contact with the borrower in his financial activities; culminating into planned visits, securing the borrower’s periodic financial statements and reviewing requests for additional funds (Roussakis: 1977.5)
- STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The growth of any nation follows from the state of its economy. A vibrant economy implies diversified investments which generate employment opportunities. Macro economic environment is hinged on the state of the banking sector. The government has a lot to control in the banking sector in order to re-direct the economy to vibrancy through efficient loan policy and administration. It is expected that the loan policy and administration should encourage investment in all sectors of the economy.
Over the years, government has been controlling the loan policies of banks to effect desired changes in the economy. More often than not, these manipulations do not achieve maximum targets. Also credit policies fail to meet the targets. Many borrowers often do not apply the funds judiciously as stipulated in the loan policy. This has a deterring effect on subsequent loan administration and management of banks. Sometimes, banks fail to recover the face value of loans as well as the interests. This drastically affects further loan administration. Some loan policies may not be in the interest of the nation at large, in which case, the Central Bank may be forced to directly effect policy changes.
The headway to monetize the economy may be hindered by socio-economic even political and religious factors. This implies dynamism in the formulation of loan policies by banks and effective administration to effect desired changes. But however, good, the formulation implementation has always not been full. This study looks at these hitches and their analyses.
- THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
Every entrepreneur – small or big, require money to function. Such funds are assessable from the banks. This work shall delve into the whole lot of activities of lending officers, records analysis and practical managerial functions applied in order to achieve successful lending, using objective indexes listed below:
- To analyze variations in the loan policies of banks in Nigeria.
- To analyze variations in the loan administration among banks in Nigeria.
- To analyze variations in effectiveness of loan management among banks in Nigeria.
- To analyze the relationship between loan policy and the profitability of banks in Nigeria.
- To analyze the relationship between loan administration and the profitability of banks in Nigeria.
- To analyze the relationship between the effectiveness of loan management and the profitability of banks in Nigeria.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
- What significant variation exists in the loan policies of banks in Nigeria?
- What significant variation exists in the loan administration among banks in Nigeria?
- To what extent does the effectiveness of loan management vary among banks in Nigeria?
- To what extent does loan policy relate with the profitability of banks in Nigeria?
- What is the relationship between loan administration and profitability of banks in Nigeria?
- To what extent does effectiveness of loan management relate to the profitability of banks in Nigeria?
1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
HO1: There is no significant variation in loan policies of banks in Nigeria.
HO2: There is no significant variation in the effectiveness of loan management among banks in Nigeria.
HO3: Loan administration does not bear any significant relationship with the profitability of banks in Nigeria.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The management of banks in Nigeria, both commercial and merchant, specialized in all areas of their operations. It shall help them to fashion out effective credit policies that will aid their operations. It shall expose them to also to the needs of their customers, especially in loan policy and administration. They shall also know better ways of checkmating abuses of credits as well as knowing how to administer collaterals.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shall find this research very useful in evolving better ways of making and re-examining policies on credits and interest rates. Sectoral allocation that tries to facilitate investment in certain sectors of the economy shall be better administered from the recommendations given in this research work. CBN shall also find out that the recommendations given herein shall elicit better response to their policies from both commercial banks and the society.
The government shall benefit from the research work in understanding how better to make policies that will get at the desired people. It shall help them in their poverty alleviation programmes by knowing how to give the desired credits to the poor, thereby avoiding hijack by middle class.
The society shall also know how to utilize credits from banks and not to divert it to personal ends. This is very necessary since the tendency to divert loans is high.
The management of banks shall also learn better techniques of collecting loans back from defaulting customers.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS