INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS: EVIDENCE FROM THE NIGERIAN BANKING INDUSTRY

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Olatundun J. Adelegan

DOI:10.22495/cocv2i3p6

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This paper examines the relationship between internal and external governance mechanism employed by Nigerian banking companies. Data for the study was obtained from the annual reports of bank in Nigeria. I find a higher portion of non-executive directors and a greater likelihood of separating the role of company chairman and CEO in banks compared to similar studies of Nigerian quoted companies. The proportion of non-executive directors who are former executives is low. These suggest those banks are more likely to employ non-executives for monitoring. Banks in Nigeria have utilized audit committees since 1991 and the audit committees in Nigerian banks possess a great proportion of non-executive directors.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Governance Mechanisms, Board Composition, Audit Committee

How to cite this paper: Adelegan, O. J. (2005). Internal and external governance mechanisms: Evidence from the Nigerian banking industry. Corporate Ownership & Control, 2(3), 62-67. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv2i3p6