A bill for an Act to amend the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
- The amendment seeks to mandate banks and other financial institution in Nigeria to state in writing, all charges and fees accruing to any transactions in the banks.
- The bill, sponsored by Jones Onyereri (Isu
/Njaba/Nkwerre/Nwangele, Imo) also seeks to increase penalties to deter corporate and individual misconduct.
- Onyereri said the bill seeks to amend the Banking Act and to, among other things, regulate banks and other financial institutions.
- The legislator said, in line with the current economic realities, there was a need to deter incessant contravention of banking laws.
- He said that the bill, when amended will prohibit carrying on of such businesses in the country and streamline the operations of banks and financial institutions in Nigeria to conform with international best practices.
- In his ruling, the Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the bill to the House Committee on Banking and Currency for further legislative actions.