CBN confirms Abiru as new Skye Bank CEO

By Abimbola Fashakin, Abuja
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has announced Tokunmbo Abiru as the new Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Skye Bank.Governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emiefiele in a press briefing on Monday made the announcement after confirming the resignation of the former CEO, Timothy Oguntayo who was relieved of his post following the dissolution of the board of the bank.

Emiefiele disclosed that Skye Bank carries quite some huge bad assets that saw the Non-Performing Loans exceeding the allowed 5 per cent threshold.

The apex bank had earlier dissolved the board in a move aimed at avoiding a total collapse of the financial institution. The bank is believed to have an estimated non-performing loan
portfolio of N700 billion due to its overexposure in the oil and gas sector.

All the directors and executives at the bank, but for three executives who joined the bank last year, have been shown the way out.

Emefiele said the CBN had been discussing with the Oguntayo-led management on the need to quickly reverse the huge bad assets, which they were practically unable to do till he was shown the door.

The CBN governor noted that the CBN hopes the new management would be able to salvage the bank from collapse, as he explained the reasons for the new appointment.

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