MTN To Acquire Banking License In Nigeria by 2019

MTN To Acquire  Banking License In Nigeria by 2019

BUSINESS – The chief executive officer at MTN Group, Rob Shuter, says the group will acquire an independent banking licence in Nigeria by 2019.

The MTN CEO, on Tuesday, speaking at a telecoms conference in Cape Town, said it will put in an application in December and should lunch the bank in the second quarter of 2019.

He said, “We will be applying for a payment service banking licence in Nigeria in the next month or so.

“And if all goes according to plan, we will also be launching mobile money in Nigeria probably around Q2 of 2019.”

The banking licence is for a Payment Service Bank (PSB), which is an offshoot of the initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to drive financial inclusion in the country.

Last week, speaking at the 10th anniversary conference of Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA), Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, said the new banking licences were to ensure 80 percent financial inclusion by 2020.

In October, the CBN released guidelines for the payment service banks, which included a N2 million non-refundable licence fee and N5 billion capital base.

The CBN guideline was addressed to Telcos, mobile money operators, banking agents, and the NCC.

It is expected that Globacom, 9mobile, Airtel, and other telecommunications companies in the country would acquire the same licence to operate payment service banks (PSB).

 

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