Interest Rate and Profitability of Commercial Banks in Nigeria

Lawal, Suleiman Gbenga
gbengalawal24@yahoo.com
Department of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Calabar.
P.M.B. 1115 Calabar, Cross River State. Nigeria.
Nkamare, Stephen Ekpo
Department of Banking & Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Calabar,
P.M.B. 1115 Calabar, Cross River State – Nigeria ORCID: 0000-0003-4514-8546

The study empirically examined interest rate and profitability of commercial banks in Nigeria the
effect of interest rate on performance of commercial banks in Nigeria. The following objectives
were determined; to examine the effect of deposit interest rate on the performance of commercial
banks in Nigeria, to establish the relationship between lending interest rate and performance of
commercial banks in Nigeria; to ascertain the effect of bank credit on the performance of
commercial banks in Nigeria. Secondary source of data was employed through central banks
statistical bulletin. Ordinary least square of multiple regression technique was used to establish
the relationship between dependent and independent variables. The findings revealed that deposit,
interest rate, lending interest rate and bank credit had a positive impact on banks profitability.
The study recommended that banks improve their profitability through charging moderate lending
rates and also manage their portfolios in order to protect the long run interest of profit making.
Keywords: Interest rate, deposit interest rate, lending interest rate, bank credit, profitability

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