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National Assembly To Ban bankers From Operating Foreign Accounts

Speaker, House of Reps, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

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National Assembly To Ban bankers From Operating Foreign Accounts

The House of Representatives is contemplating banning staff members of banks and other financial institutions from operating accounts outside the strands of Nigeria, aso Naija reports.

Their spouses and children may also be mandated to declare their assets when a bill presented at the House becomes law.

This was contained in the ‘Bank Employees, Etc., (Declaration of Assets)(Amendment) Bill 2021’, which is awaiting second reading.

The legislation was titled ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the bank employees, etc., (Declaration of Assets) Act CAP. B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to reflect the prevailing situation in the country.

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The bill, sponsored by the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency in Oyo State, Mr. Shina Peller, proposed a series of amendments to the Act.

Section 1 of the Act is to be amended by deleting the existing subsections and inserting new ones that read, “(1) Every employee of a bank shall, immediately after assuming duty and, thereafter, at the determination of his (or her) employment, and in the case of a serving banker, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the Declaration of Assets form from the appropriate authority or at such other intervals as the President or the appropriate authority may specify, make full disclosure of his (or her) properties, assets and liabilities, and those of his (or her) spouse or unmarried children under the age of 18 years.

“(2) For this section, a transfer or secondment from one bank to another shall be treated as a new employment.”

The bill is also seeking an amendment to Section 5 by inserting new subsections that prohibit foreign accounts for bank workers.

(a) A bank employee shall not maintain or operate a personal bank account in any country outside Nigeria.

“(b) Any complaint that a bank employee has committed a breach of or has not complied with the provisions of this Act shall be made to the Central Bank of Nigeria or the appropriate regulatory body in the case of employees of other Financial Institutions.”

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