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See how much Nigerians transfer via mobile devices in months


The value of transactions via mobile devices rose by 56 per cent in the first nine months of this year to N216bn from the 2017 figure of N138bn, as banks, fintechs and telecommunications companies intensify efforts to deepen financial inclusion.

Similarly, the volume of transactions on mobile devices increased by 47 per cent in the same period, data on electronic payment transactions obtained from the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System showed.

With the relaunch of mCASH, experts predict that there will be exponential increase in transactions on mobile devices in the next one year.

The mobile network operators and 16 banks came together to relaunch the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System’s mCASH, a mobile payment system for making low-value retail payments for the benefit of low-income buyers and sellers dealing in cash, earlier this year.

The initiative aims to engage about 500,000 agent networks in the next two years, who will use Unstructured Supplementary Service Data for payments and remittances.

Speaking at the re-launch of mCASH, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NIBSS, Adebisi Shonubi, said, “The intention is to expand the payment opportunity for people who still use cash today to find more convenient means of making payment.”

Huge investment of financial institution in technology that drives digital banking continues to yield results as a further analysis of the statistics showed that the value of instant transfer on the NIBSS platform from January to September increased by 41 per cent from N40.45tn in 2017 to N56.85tn within the same period this year.

In addition, the volume of transactions on the NIP platform increased by 76 per cent from 248.01 million transactions in the 2017 review to 435.68 million as of September 2018.

As regards Point of Sales activities, transactions worth N1.61tn were carried out on the terminal all over the country from January to September 2018, recording a 102 per cent increase as against N0.98tn in 2017.


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