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Effects of Liquidity Problems on Commercial Banking in Nigeria a Case Study of United Bank for Africa Plc.

Effects of Liquidity Problems on Commercial Banking in Nigeria a Case Study of United Bank for Africa Plc.

Content Structure of Effects of Liquidity Problems on Commercial Banking in Nigeria a Case Study of United Bank for Africa Plc.

The abstract contains the research problem, the objectives, methodology, results, and recommendations

  • Chapter one of this thesis or project materials contains the background to the study, the research problem, the research questions, research objectives, research hypotheses, significance of the study, the scope of the study, organization of the study, and the operational definition of terms.
  • Chapter two contains relevant literature on the issue under investigation. The chapter is divided into five parts which are the conceptual review, theoretical review, empirical review, conceptual framework, and gaps in research
  • Chapter three contains the research design, study area, population, sample size and sampling technique, validity, reliability, source of data, operationalization of variables, research models, and data analysis method
  • Chapter four contains the data analysis and the discussion of the findings
  • Chapter five contains the summary of findings, conclusions, recommendations, contributions to knowledge, and recommendations for further studies.
  • References: The references are in APA
  • Questionnaire. 

Table of Contents of Effects of Liquidity Problems on Commercial Banking in Nigeria a Case Study of United Bank for Africa Plc.

TITLE PAGE                                                                                              I

CERTIFICATION                                                                                      II

DEDICATION                                                                                            III

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT                                                                           IV

ABSTRACT                                                                                               V

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                             VI


1.1     BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY                                                   1

1.2     STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM                                                  3

1.3     OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY                                                        3

1.4     RESEARCH QUESTIONS                                                                4

1.5     RESEARCH HYPOTHESES                                                             4

1.6     SCOPE OF THE STUDY                                                                  5

1.7     SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY                                                    5

1.8.    LIMITATION OF THE STUDY                                                        6

1.9     DEFINITION OF TERMS                                                                 6


2.1     INTRODUCTION                                                                             9

2.1.2  ILLIQUIDITY                                                                                   10

2.1.3  INSOLVENCY                                                                                 10

2.1.4  CAUSES OF ILLIQUIDITY AND INSOLVENCY                            11

2.1.5  SYMPTOMS OF DISTRESS                                                             13

2.1.6  OVER CAPITALIZATION                                                               13

2.1.7  OVER TRADING                                                                             14

2.2     THEORETICAL BASIS FOR BANK DISTRESS                              15

2.3     THE BUSINESS CYCLE THEORY                                                  16

2.4     CREDIT MARKET CONDITIONS APPROACH                              16

2.5     MONEY APPROACH                                                                       16


PREVENTION OF ILLIQUIDITY                                                     17

2.7     GENERAL FUNCTIONS OF COMMERCIAL BANKS                    22

2.8     MONEY CREATING FUNCTION                                                    22

2.9     SERVICE RENDERING FUNCTION                                               24

2.10   SPECIAL FUNCTIONS OF COMMERCIAL BANKS                      25

2.11   REVIEW OF DECREE NO 25 OF 1991                                            26

2.12   SUMMARY                                                                                      31


3.1     INTRODUCTION                                                                             32

3.2     RESEARCH DESIGN                                                                       32

3.3     POPULATION AND SAMPLE OF THE STUDY                              33

3.3.1  POPULATION SIZE                                                                         33

3.3.2  SAMPLE OF THE STUDY                                                               33

3.4     SAMPLE TECHNIQUES                                                                  34

3.5     RESEARCH INSTRUMENT                                                             34

3.6     VALIDATION OF INSTRUMENT                                                   35

3.7     METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION                                                35

3.8     METHOD OF DATA ANALYSIS                                                     36

3.9     INSTRUMENT RELIABILITY                                                         36


4.1     INTRODUCTION                                                                             37

4.2     DATA ANALYSIS                                                                           37


HYPOTHESES                                                                                 43


5.1     SUMMARY OF FINDINGS                                                              49

5.2     CONCLUSION                                                                                 50

5.3     RECOMMENDATIONS                                                                   50

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                             52

Appendix                                                                                       54

Chapter One of Effects of Liquidity Problems on Commercial Banking in Nigeria a Case Study of United Bank for Africa Plc.



The business of modern banking started in Nigeria in 1892 with the incorporation of African Banking Corporation. British Bank of West Africa later absorbed this bank in 1894. The early period of commercial banking in Nigeria was characterized by lack of legislation which made it an all-comers affair.

With the absence of any banking legislation in 1892, when the first bank was established in Nigeria (African Banking Corporation) anybody could set up a banking company provided the bank is registered under the Ordinance Act which section 2(i) prohibited the formation of a banking company or partnership consisting of more than ten (10) persons for the purpose of carrying on a banking business, unless it was registered as a company, hence it was referred to as the “free banking era”.

This period also saw the establishment of three foreign banks and two indigenous banks. The foreign banks were; The British Bank of West Africa Limited in 1894 (now known as First Bank Plc), the Barclays Bank Dominion colonial and overseas in 1917 (now known as Union Bank Plc) and the British and French Bank, in 1949 (now known as United Bank for Africa Plc). The two indigenous banks were National Bank of Nigeria in 1933 and the Agbonmagbe Bank (now known as Wema Bank Plc), as well as the African Continental Bank Limited in 1947.

The appointment of the Paten commission of enquiry on 7th September, 1948 was another feature of this free banking era. It was to enquire generally into the business of banking in Nigeria and make recommendation to the government on the form and extent of control, which should be introduced into the banking system.

Based on the report of this commission, the first ever banking legislation in the country was promulgated in 1952. Increase in the number of indigenous banks in the country was another major event during this period. However, some banks established during this period could not survive.

The second phase (i.e. the second era) in the origin of commercial banking in the country opened with the establishment of the Central Bank Plc (CBN) in 1959. After the establishment of the Central Bank and prior to independence in 1960, new commercial banks were established. 1959 to 1962 saw the enactment and amendments of banking legislations. These were 1958 Banking Ordinance which became effective in 1959, the 1961, 1962 and 1964 amendment and the Banking Decree.

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The evolution of commercial banking in Nigeria brought about the Financial System Review Committee set up by the Federal Government under the chairmanship of a distinguish economist; Dr. Pius Okigbo. The committee known as the Okigbo committee was review the Nigerian Financial System. Consequently, in a white paper published on the committee with respect to the commercial banks (the establishment of a state bank in each state and the amalgamation of the three biggest indigenous banks into one entity). The Okigbo report, and the white paper on it nevertheless, marked a new era in the evolution of commercial banking system in Nigeria (Yunisa and Kehinde2010 ).


There are very brilliants ideas, projects, concepts, businesses that are viable, feasible and bankable still waiting for angel investors. There seem to be lack of faith in the Nigeria Entrepreneur, bank and financial institution business owners by custodians of loanable funds i.e. banks and other financial institutions. Therefore the statement of problem is how all these business owners can have access in establishing this type of business. More so, inventors find it difficult to access credit.


The main objective of this study is to focus on the problems of liquidity in commercial banks in Nigeria so as to provide the information required to make decisions as to how fund should be mobilized effectively and one such decisions is made, to provide the data necessary to adequately manage the available fund. Other objectives of this study includes;

  1. To determine whether fund mobilization has effect on liquidity problem.
  2. To find out whether illiquidity hold customer to loose confidence in commercial banking.


1.Does fund mobilization has effect on liquidity problem?

2. Does illiquidity hold the customer to loose confidence in commercial bank?


Ho:    Fund mobilization has effect on problems of liquidity.

Hi:     Fund mobilization does not have any effect on problems of liquidity.

Ho:    Illiquidity holds the customers to loose confidence in commercial banking system.

Hi:     Illiquidity does not holds the customers to loose confidence in commercial banking system.


The scope of this study is restricted to the effect of liquidity problems on commercial banking system in Nigeria with United Bank for Africa Plc. (UBA) as the case study. The research work is limited to the staff and customers of the bank only.


A study of this kind is expected to make significant contribution to organization’s development. The study will provide the basis for scrutiny for liquidity problems on commercial banking in Nigeria, which aids bank under study (United Bank for Africa) and other commercial banks to solve the problems faced in the area of liquidity and mobilization of funds. It will assist other banks to solve similar problems. It also provides various indicators and methods used to measure organizational performance.


As expected this study may not be without its limitations.

The study was limited by a number of factors, which include the following:

i.        Insufficient numbers of the recent literature on the subject topic.

ii.       Inadequate time and financial resources to carry-out the study extensively.

iii.      Inaccessibility of some relevant data.


1. Liquidity: The liquidity of an organization is measured by the ability of that organization to meet its short term debt and liabilities.

Liquidity can be measured through the following ratios:

   (a)     Current ratio:        current asset

  Current liabilities      (in which the ratio is 2:1)

 (b)     Acid test ratio:      Current asset – stock

      Current liability

(in which the ideal acid test ratio is 1:1)

  (c)   Fixed interest ratio:         Profit before interest and tax

         Fixed interest rate

(d)     Return on Capital Employed (ROCE):

       Profit before interest and tax

       Capital Employed

   (e)      Earning per share ratio:

        Profit after tax

       No of ordinary share issued

2. Illiquidity: An establishment or bank is said to be illiquid when it can no longer meet its depositors demands or its obligations as at when due. It is numinous sign of insolvency and when the problem of illiquidity persists for a very long time, it could lead to forceful sale of assets below their market value.

3. Commercial Banks: Commercial banks are institutions where people, corporate bodies, statutory corporation etc keep money and other valuables for security reasons.

4. Insolvency: An establishment or bank is said to be insolvency when the value of its realizable assets is less than the total value of its liabilities. 

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