The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed that the country’s payment system had attracted the investment of about $500 million in firms run by Nigerian founders between 2015 and 2020.
The CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele revealed this at the 31st seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors with the theme “Trends in Nigerian Payments System on Wednesday in Enugu
He urged financial institutions to leverage new knowledge and technology tools to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigerian payment system.
Emefiele, noted that the robust payment system had continued to evolve toward meeting the needs of households and businesses in Nigeria.
Emefiele, represented by the Deputy Governor, Corporate Services Directorate, Mr Edward Adamu, also noted that the post COVID-19 economy was predicted to be dominated by certain trends including a radically altered financial industry landscape.
He said the accelerated shift towards digital financial services would attract more Fintech investment and encourage competition to traditional financial institutions.
The CBN Governor, who further said digital revolution would be a focus for financial institutions in the months ahead, therefore, making Fintechs a major driver of the industry, explained that technology had continued to change the face of the financial services industry.
Emefiele also explained that the apex bank’s decision to introduce a central bank digital currency, the eNaira, was to help attain its goals of fostering greater inclusion using digital channels, supporting cross border payments for businesses and firms as well as providing a reliable channel for remittances inflows into the country.
Emefiele said with the deployment of the eNaira, Nigerians in remote areas could conduct financial activities using their digital as well as features on phone devices. He, therefore, expressed the belief that partnering with stakeholders in the financial industry, more Nigerians would be financially included.