The paper examined the arguments and counterarguments within the scientific discussion on Financial Intermediation and the performance of Commercial banks in Nigeria. Despite a series of reforms and restructuring aimed at enhancing the bank’s ability to provide services effectively, establish branch networks and finance the real sector, there is still insufficient domestic credit to commercial real-estate banks, affecting the success of financial intermediation in the Nigerian commercial banking sector. The main purpose of this study is to examine the impact of financial intermediation on the performance of commercial banks in Nigeria. The data came from a statistical bulletin of the Central Bank of Nigeria. A systematic literary approach to data analysis is regression analysis. In Equation 1, it was found that there is a significant relationship between total lending and the commercial bank lending rate in Nigeria. In Equation 2, it was found that there is a significant relationship between the overall credit ratio and the cash reserve in the commercial banks of Nigeria. In the commercial bank performance equation, it was found that there is a significant relationship between the total assets and the capital involved by commercial banks in Nigeria. In the commercial bank performance equation, it was found that there was no significant relationship between the loan and deposit ratio and the liquidity ratio in the commercial banks of Nigeria. It has also been found in Commercial Banking Performance Equation 5 that there is a significant relationship between gross domestic product and total credit in the commercial banks of Nigeria. Thus, the study authors recommend reducing the commercial bank loan rate so that investors see commercial banks as the number one source of funding, the Central Bank of Nigeria should increase the commercial banks’ minimum reserve in order to facilitate adequate lending to commercial customers by clients/investors. Commercial banks need to make effective use of the capital used to increase profitability. Commercial banks should help increase liquidity to increase their ability to cover customer withdrawals and increase loans and advances to customers. Commercial banks should allocate proper credit to the real sector for productive purposes in order to increase gross domestic product.
Keywords: Financial Intermediation, Commercial Banks, Gross Domestic Product, Commercial Bank Credit.
JEL Classification: G21, G28, G29.
Cite as: Adewole, J.A, Dare, F.D., Ogunyemi, J.K. (2019). Implications of Financial Intermediation on The Performance of Commercial Banks in Nigeria: 2000-2017. Financial Markets, Institutions and Risks, 3(4), 94-105. http://doi.org/10.21272/fmir.3(4).94-105.2019.