This Day (Lagos)

13 December 2012

Nigeria: MTN Restates Commitment to Bank-Led Mobile Money

MTN has expressed its support for the bank- led mobile money model, an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The CBN recently licensed a number of financial institutions to carry out mobile money services with the objective of providing easy money transfer services using mobile phones to enhance financial inclusion particularly in rural areas.

Speaking at a capacity building seminar recently, MTN's Corporate Services Executive Akinwale Goodluck, stated that the CBN bank - led model had many merits and that it's full implementation would achieve the CBN's stated objective to extend money transfer services to millions of Nigerians who are currently underserved.

"We are supportive of any initiative that brings financial inclusion to the masses and the Central Bank's efforts in this regard are highly commendable," Goodluck said in a statement.

Explaining the details of the CBN's bank led model, he observed that the partnership between licensed organisations and telecommunications companies was a winning combination.

According to him, "The current partnership between banks and telecommunications operators in the mobile money space leverages available cutting edge Information and Communications Technology (ICT) offered by the telecommunications operators and best practice payment protocols and expertise supervised by the CBN."

During the seminar, participants gained a better understanding of the details of the CBN guidelines and discussed various ways in which MTN could offer tangible backbone and logistical support to licensed organisations.

Goodluck remarked that MTN's greatest responsibility to its customers and to Nigeria was to provide world class quality of service in order to support a multitude of products and services. He observed that MTN Nigeria had already built the largest and most sophisticated network in Africa.

According to him, "The world today is heavily dependent on ICT. Our future success as a company depends on how well we support services like mobile money."

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