Bank credits to the economy declined by N455 billion from N15.58 trillion at the end of the third quarter of 2018 to N15.1 trillion recorded at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.
This is contained in a report released by the National bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday.
It also revealed that during the fourth quarter of last year, the sector recorded 616,528,697 transactions valued at N39.15tn through electronic payment confirmation, adding that the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant Payments transactions dominated the volume of transactions as it recorded 228,209,423 transactions valued at N23.57tn during the fourth quarter of last year.
A breakdown of credit to the private sector showed that oil and gas with N3.55tn received the highest credit allocation during the period under review, followed by the manufacturing sector with total loans of N2.23tn.
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“In terms of credit to the private sector, the total value of credit allocated by the banks stood at N15.13tn as at Q4, 2018.
“Oil and gas and manufacturing sectors got credit allocation of N3.55tn and N2.23tn to record the highest credit allocation as at the period under review.
“As at Q4, 2018, the total number of banks’ members of staff increased by 1.80 per cent quarter on quarter from 102,821in Q3 2018 to 104,669″, the report stated.
The report further showed that the agricultural sector received N610.14bn, power and energy, N403.37bn; construction, N614.5bn; trade and general commerce, N1.07tn; while credit to the government was put at N1.36tn.
In the same vein, the real estate sector received a total loan of N622.77bn; finance, insurance and capital market, N1.1tn; education, N57.25bn; Information and Communications Technology N545.49bn; transportation and storage, N289.85bn; while other sectors got N339.73bn.
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