Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has said top ministers and politicians, including senators, are among the chronic debtors of the corporation.
He said the corporation was working closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to produce a documentary of recalcitrant obligors of AMCON.
Kuru said this at the July 2019 edition of the breakfast meeting, organised by the Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce He said the idea was to document in a permanent format for generations yet unborn, to know the so-called big men and women that were behind the over N5tn debt burden, which AMCON was battling to recover.
“Sadly, these are the calibre of people we respect in Nigeria but these people are not role models. How can you be a role model when you cannot honour a simple obligation? That is why I have been consistent in the call for the return of the failed bank Act. The way we are handling the issue in the country suggests that we are encouraging a lot of financial rascality. People have to be held accountable for their actions, which I believe would serve as deterrent to others.
“All economies all over the world depend on the financial infrastructure for growth. If we allow or encourage the destruction of the basis of our financial structure, then the economy would not grow. These are men and women who go to banks, borrow monies with no intention to pay and in the process bring down banking institutions. It takes a lot for a bank to fail. AMCON just rescued Skye Bank with an investment of nearly N1trn,” he said.