CRR Contributing Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria Certified By CBN

List of 37 CRR Contributing Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria

Last updated on August 26th, 2022 at 02:24 pm


If you’ve ever applied for a credit facility at any of the Nigerian banks, you may have come across banking terms like PFIs and CRR. PFIs means Participating Financial Institutions while CRR means Cash Reserve Ration

Most times, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would clearly state that only CRR contributing Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in Nigeria can participate in a loan application, just like we’ve seen in the guidelines released by the apex bank on how to access gas intervention fund.

So, what does CRR mean? And what are the banks that meet the CBN stipulated CRR to take part in the apex bank’s credit facility for local production?


Meaning of CRR

Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the percentage of a bank’s total deposits that it needs to maintain as liquid cash. It is CBN requirement for all financial institutions as it’s obtainable in almost every country and the cash reserve is kept with the CBN.

A bank does not earn interest on the liquid cash it maintains with the apex bank. Banks can not also use their CRR for investment or lending, it is fixed. In Nigeria, the CBN has the constitutional and financial backing of the law to set the cash ration for all financial institutions in the country.

Current CRR requirement in Nigeria

On January 24, 2020, CBN officially announced the increment of CRR from 22.5percent to 27.5percent at the end of its two-day Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. It had been 22.5% before the new change

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Banks in Nigeria That Meet CRR of CBN

There are 37 Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria and they are certified by the CBN, meaning they’ve met the CRR as set by apex bank, and can accept loan applications on behalf of the CBN e.g the ongoing 100 for 100 credit facility by the CBN.

DMBs in Nigeria are divided into the following category:

Category No. of banks
commercial banking licence with international authorization 8
Commercial banking licence with national authorization 11
Commercial banking licence with regional authorization 4
Non-interest banking licence with national authorization 1
Non-interest banking licence with regional authorization 2
Merchant banking licence with national authorization 6
financial holding companies 5
Total 37

The banks are:

commercial banking licence with international authorization in Nigeria First City Monument Bank Plc
United Bank Of Africa Plc
First Bank Nigeria Limited
Zenith Bank Plc
Access Bank Plc
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
Fidelity Bank Plc
Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc
Commercial banking licence with national authorization Standard Chartered Bank Limited
Unity Bank Plc
Sterling Bank Plc
Keystone Bank Limited
Ecobank Nigeria Plc
Wema Bank Plc
Citibank Nigeria Limited
Titan Trust Bank Ltd
Polaris Bank Plc
Heritage Bank Limited
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc
Commercial banking licence with regional authorization Providus Bank Plc
Parallex Bank Ltd
Globus Bank Limited
Suntrust Bank Nigeria Limited
Merchant Banking Licence With National Authorization Nova Merchant Bank
Greenwich Merchant Bank
FSDH Merchant Bank
Rand Merchant Bank
Coronation Merchant Bank
FBN Merchant Bank
Non-Interest Banking Licence With National Authorization Jaiz Bank Plc
Non-Interest Banking Licence With Regional Authorization TAJ Bank Limited
LOTUS Bank Limited
Financial Holding Companies In Nigeria STANBIC IBTC Holdings Plc
FSDH Holding Company
FBN Holdings Plc
FCMB Group Plc
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All the financial institutions have their corporate headquarters in the commercial city of Lagos, except two of the Islamic banks in Nigeria that have their headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). They are: 1) Jaiz Bank, 2) TAJ Bank.

The above DMBs all have a unique SWIFT code associated with them for those who make or who want to make international or cross-border payments from one bank to the other.

You can refer to this list anytime you’re applying for any CBN loan and the apex bank says you can only apply through CRR contributing DMBs.


  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across decentralized finance, investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics.

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