…he encourage Nigerians to embrace mobile money transactions
All efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) to block financial leakages in the system is paying off as over N3.959billion was saved from being lost to fraud in 2015.
According to the Director, Banking and Payments System Department of the CBN, Dipo Fatokun , yesterday at the ongoing 21st Seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors in Ibadan in the data presented shown that over N3.959 billion was prevented from being stolen due to fraud in 2015.
A breakdown of the figure showed that the actual loss resulting from fraud declined to N2.256 billion in 2015 from N6.216billion recorded in the previous year. While the attempted fraud fell to N4.375 billion from N7.750billion and volume increased from 1, 461 in 2014 to 10, 743 in the year under review.
Fatokun, however, explained that, from the analysis, the reduction in 2015 made fraud rate in Nigeria less than that of Europe as a whole, and, indeed, that of Portugal which boasts the least fraud rate in Europe.
In his words: the success was made possible by the various CBN circulars released in 2015 or before then, but vigorously enforced last year.
He explained that the circular which led to the implementations of biometric verification numbers (BVN), fraud prevention strategies, MMS, Treasury Single Account (TSA), agent banking, E-Dividend Project with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have helped in “protecting bank customers by addressing issues of identity theft and fraud exposure, thus strengthening the Nigerian banking system.”
Meanwhile, he disclosed that 2015 equally witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in the volume and value of transactions across all payment channels in the financial industry.
The breakdown showed that the value increased by 11.57 per cent from N44 billion to N49 billion, while the volume also rose by 43.36 per cent from 113, 421, 933 to 162, 598, 740.
However, he hinted that the mobile money operation transactions for January recorded over N4 billion in value.
According to him, the average value of transactions the Mobile Money Operators(MMOs) carried out was over N3 billion per month (inter-scheme), with about 100,000 agents scattered all over the country at present.
The Director argued that the introduction of mobile money in Nigeria has witnessed some impacts in the economy despite the challenges hovering around it.
Fatokun stated that the MMO initiatives have driven financial inclusion into bringing the unbanked segment of the society to the formal sector, as these would enable under-served people to have access to financial services that will “enhance their economic opportunities, boost productivity in various sectors and contribute to economic development.”
He pointed out that the beauty of this service, going by the general perception of users, is that it is easy to use, it is secure, service providers are easily accessible, it saves cost and time