Credit extension is an essential function of banks and bank management strive to satisfy
the legitimate credit needs of the community it tends to serve. This study is aimed at
analysing the credit management in the banking industry in Nigeria with particular
reference to first Bank of Nigeria PLC. The importance of credit in the economic growth
and development of a country cannot be overemphasized. Despite the important role played
by credit in the economy, it is associated with a catalogue of risks. The Nigeria banking
industry witnessed some failures prior to the consolidation era due to imprudent lending
that finally led to bad debt and some ethical facts. The issue of non- performance of asset
and declaring of ficticious project has become the order of the day in our banking system
as a result of poor credit management leading to bank distress in the industry. Three
hypotheses were formulated and tested through use of chi-square on questionnaires
administered to various respondents. From the data collected and the tested hypothesis,
results showed that: (i) Inadequate feasibility study affects loan repayment in the banking
industry, (ii) The diversion of bank loan to unprofitable ventures affects loan repayment
and (iii) The problem of poor attention given to distribution of loan has negative effect on
banks performance. Amongst several recommendations were the following: (a) Banks
should establish sound and competent credit management unit and recruit well motivated
staffs (b) Banks should ensure that the chief executive avoid approval in principle in the
credit management, and (c) Banks should have a monitoring and control unit or
department to carry out a sort of post- modern exercise by way of controlling and
monitoring credit facilities and also ensuring completeness of all conditions precedent to
draw down.


Title Page i
Approval Page ii
Certification iii
Dedication iv
Acknowledgement v
Abstract vi
Chapter One

1.0 Introduction 1
1.1 Background Of The Study 1
1.2 Statement Of The Problem 2
1:3 Objectives Of The Study 3
1.4 Research Questions 3
1.5 Statement Of Hypotheses 4
16. Scope Of The Study 4
1.7 Significance Of The Study 5
1.8 Definition Of Terms 6

Chapter Two

Review Of Related Literature
Introduction 7
Theoretical Review 7
Emperical Reviews 51
Research Methodology 54
Introduction 54
Research Design 54
Sources And Techniques Of Data Collection 55
Descripti0n Of Population And Sample Procedure 55
Method Of Data Analysis 56
3:6 Determinations Of Critical Values 57
Chapter Four
Data Presentation, Analysis And Interpretation.
Introduction 60
Presentation Of Data 60
Analysis And Interpretation Of Data 60
Chapter Five
Summary, Conclusion And Recommendation
5.1) Introduction 64
5.2 Summary Of Findings 64
5.2 Conclusion 65
5.4 Recommendation 65
Questionnaire 72
Appendix 71

Bibliography 69


Credit management in our banking sector today has taken a different dimension from what it
used to be. The banking industry has adopted a lot of strategies in checking credit
management in order to stay in business. Thu the banking industry in Nigeria has lost large
amount of money as a result of the turning source of credit exposure and taken interest rate
position. Nigerian banks are being required in the market because of their competence to
provide transaction efficiency, market knowledge and funding capability. To perform these
roles, the banks act as the most important participants in their transaction process of which
they use their own balance sheet to make it easier and making sure that their associated risk is

Credit extension is essential function of banks and the bank management strive to satisfy the
legitimate credit needs of the community it tends to serve. This credit advances by banks as a
debtor to the depositor requires exercising prudence in handling the funds of depositors. The
Central Bank of Nigeria established a credit act in 1990 which empowered banks to render
returns to the credit risk management system in respect to its entire customers with aggregate
outstanding debit balance of one million naira and above (Ijaiya G.T and Abdulraheem A
(2000). This made Nigerian banks to universally embark on upgrading their control system
and risk management because this coincidental activity is recognized as the industry
physiological weakness to financial risk. The researcher, a New yolk-based, said that 40% of
Nigerian banks that made up exchange rate value in west Africa, has reduced the operating
lending as a result of bad debts which hit more than $10 billion in 2009 and this has led to a
tied-up questioning asset that is holding almost half of Nigerian banks. The central bank of

Nigeria fired eight chief executive officers and set aside $ 4.1 billion in order to bail out
almost 10 of the country‟s lenders. The reform which was introduced by Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) in 2010 has made Nigerian banks resume lending supporting assets
management companies and set up the requirement which will allow Nigerian banks make
full provision for bad debts that will boost the market.
The banks identify the existence of destructive debtors in the banking system whose method
involved responding to their debt obligations in some banks and tried to have contract of new
debts in other banks. Banks are trying to make the database of credit risk management system
more open for them to be more functional and recognized as to enable banks to enquire or
render statutory returns on borrowers. There are some banking practices which increase the
risks in the bank and cannot be easily changed. This result still leads to the question: what are
the possible ways that will help make Nigerian banks manage their credit risks?
Credit risk management helps credit expert to know when to accept a credit applicant as to
avoid destroying the banks reputation and making decision in order to explore unavoidable
credit risk which gives more profit. Controlling a risk results in encouraging rewards that
give internal audit more technical support service and customized training in banks or
financial institutions. This research is presented to outline, find, investigate and report
different state of techniques in risk management in the banking industry

In the history of development of the Nigerian banking industry, it can be seen that most of the
failures experienced in the industry prior to the consolidation era were results of imprudent
lending that finally led to bad loans and some other unethical factors (Job, A.A Ogundepo A

and Olanirul (2008)). Also the problem of poor attention given to distribution of loans has its
effect on the bank‟s performance. Most of the people collected loan from the banks and
diverted the money to unprofitable ventures. Some bankers are not actually considering the
necessary criteria for disbursement of loans to the customer. This work therefore intends to
outline, explain these problems identify the causes and suggests lasting solutions to the
problems associated with credit management and consequently banks debts.

The objectives of this study is as follows
1. To examine how feasibility study affect loan repayment in the banking industry.
2. To highlight the extent in which diversion of bank loans to unprofitable ventures
affect loan repayment.
3. To examine how distribution of loans affect banks performance if banks give proper

Bank lending is said to be effective if it successfully achieves the banker‟s obligation of
maximum liquidity to the depositors. The questions here are
1. To what extent does feasibility study affect loan repayment in the banking industry?
2. To what extent does diversion of bank loans to unprofitable venture affect loan
3. Does distribution of loans have effect on banks performance if given proper

A reputable credit management system enhances good control on lending and proper keeping
of credit account.

Ho. Inadequate feasibility study does not affect loan repayment in banking industry.
Hi. Inadequate feasibility study affects loan repayment in banking industry.
Ho. The diversion of bank loans to unprofitably ventures does not affect loan repayment.
Hi. The diversion of bank loans to unprofitably ventures affects loan repayment.
Ho. The problem of poor attention given to distribution of loans does not have effect on
banks performance.
Hi. The problem of poor attention given to distribution of loans has effect on banks

This study is aimed at analysing the credit management in the banking industry in Nigeria
with a particular reference to First Bank of Nigeria plc. The study intends to analyse the
credit facilities in banking industry. It also reviews the various concepts procedures for
efficient and effective credit management. It examines the success and failure (if any) as well
as recommending corrective measure.

This study will be useful to the executive and managers in the banking industry and other
financial institutions. This is because it provides guidance which will enhance effect and
efficient credit management aimed at attaining and boosting maximum profitability and
liquidity in their banks. The depositor (public) on the other hand will be more enlightened on
the need to be honest and fulfil the responsibilities in credit transaction with the banks so that
they can look up to improve service from the banks. Finally to the researcher, this is an eye
opener because as a potential manager it will guide one in future on how to manage credit