The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has expressed its readiness to publish in widely read daily newspapers, specific and detailed list of all erring debtors and directors where applicable, that have failed to reach or refused to reach settlement resolution with the corporation.
The corporation stated that there would be no more room for negotiation withÂ itsÂ debtors, noting that the corporation is set for a new stage.
This new stage according to AMCON would involveÂ complete take-overÂ of the assets of its chronic debtors.
TheÂ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, who disclosed yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja saidÂ theÂ N5.4 trillion debtÂ owed the corporationÂ had lingered for too long.
He also disclosed that going forward,Â in casesÂ where the registered assets of a company that is indebted to the corporationÂ was not enough to clear their obligation, AMCON would go after the directors and their private companies.
Kuru,Â said AMCON had gotten tired of obligors (debtors), coming toÂ itsÂ office and telling lies about wanting to embark on a staggered payment which they ended up never complying.
He said most part of the N5.4 trillion had been with the banks for five years before AMCON bought overÂ the bad loans, adding that afterÂ sevenÂ years of the companiesâ€™ operations, the obligors were yet to pay.
â€œResolutions through staggered plans have never worked. Let us not forget that before those loans were transferred to AMCON they have been with the banks for over fiveÂ years.
â€œNow, AMCON is almost seven years, so the facility has been running bad for 12 years. It is not easy to recover those kinds of facilities.
â€œSo now we have changed our strategy from sitting down and drinking tea and the obligors telling us lies and we pretend that we donâ€™t know you are telling us lies.
â€œThere is no more time for lies because we have a sunset period.Â So now our focus is on recovery.Â We do not want to hear anything, you cannot come and tell me you are going to pay me in the next six years, I do not have that time.
â€œIf you cannot pay me the money now then give me my assets because the assets belong to AMCON so that we can sell it.â€
He said as part of the new strategy of AMCON,Â directors of companies would now be sought after so that they would be forced to take part in repaying the loans.
â€œWe are training our people more to see that they become more efficient.
â€œMost fundamentally we have changed our strategy. Before our strategy had been only resolution: you come, you give us a payment plan and we respect it.
â€œBut we have realised that more than 80 per cent of AMCONâ€™s recoveries are as a result of either forfeiture or taking over of businesses or outright cash payment.
â€œMy law allows me to not only go after the assets that are served as collateral but I can also go after the directors of companies. I can go after the assets that have not been served as collateral.
â€œThis is where we are now heading to because the law had anticipated this situation that we are now in,â€ he said.
Speaking further on the way forward for AMCON, Kuru said that there was need for some sections of the law to be amended, adding that the company was working with the National Assembly to amend relevant laws.
For him, the National Assembly had been very good so far and had been working hard to close the gaps.
THISDAY last month reported thatÂ the total amount of recovered debtÂ by AMCONas of the end of 2017Â wasÂ N740 billion.Â KuruÂ hadÂ pointed out that the corporation currently was currently in possession of a lot real estate and some other forms of assets.
He said: â€œWe have disposed some financial assets, which also included three banks. We are in the process of divesting our interest in Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN).
â€œThis is in addition to quite a number of small businesses that we had intervened and disposed.â€
He put the value of AMCONâ€™s intervention in the agriculture sector at about N1.7 trillion.
â€œThe structure of AMCON at conception was that, there was the assumption that those loans that were purchased would be restructured and liquidity provided so that new life would be given to some of those businesses.
â€œUnfortunately, a substantial part of businesses that were restructured and funds injected in the past, the performance level is less than 10 per cent. â€œLike I said earlier, there was the assumption that if you transfer the loans from the banks to an asset management corporation, you will be able to restructure.
â€œBut again, we forgot that some of those facilities were bad in the books of some of those financial institutions,â€ heÂ hadÂ explained.