MasterCard seeks extension of agency banking to rural areas
Vanguardngr.com - May 8th 2014, 11:03
Extending agency banking to rural areas of the country has been identified as a critical condition for attracting the informal sector into the banking system.
Vice President and Business Head, of MasterCard West Africa, Omokehinde Ojomuyide, commented that MasterCard is committed to a cashless Nigeria. She said that majority of Nigerians, in the informal sector, are not captured in the banking system, even though the country is regarded as one the highest card issuance in the world.
She further revealed that MasterCard is partnering with the government to develop a robust national identity card that will serve multiple purposes to boost the cashless initiative.
She said, “There is need for the agency banking to spread to rural areas of the country in order to attract majority of the people in the informal sector to the banking system. MasterCard is committed to the cashless Nigeria initiative and supporting financial inclusion, by optimising payment systems in Africa. We strongly believe that it is the best way to go if the country wants to play big in whatever the global business space".
“According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, trillions of Naira currently exchange hands daily in banking halls across Nigeria. At MasterCard, our vision is to drive that number down significantly, by encouraging and enabling the migration to electronic forms of payments. Awareness for the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, needs to be created, especially as it relates to the creation of a central switch for mobile money and agent banking in Nigeria," commented Ojomuyide.
The importance of this, she said, is the fact that cards and e-payment systems have now taken centre stage in the economies of most African countries, with banks and other financial institutions consistently looking for solutions and value added services for the benefits of the market.From © 2014 Vanguard Media Limited, Nigeria
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