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CBN directs banks to adopt contactless payment plan


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has asked Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to commence the adoption of the contactless payment service option which commenced operation.
The NQR payment solution, launched yesterday by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) in Lagos, offers a platform that delivers instant value by simply scanning generated digital code to make payment. The new ‘touch-free’ payment method would help create and offer better customer experience to the banking public.

Speaking yesterday during the solution launch in Lagos, CBN Director, Payment System Management, Musa Jimoh, said the NQR payment solution is an alternative payment plan that will totally eliminate direct contact between merchants and their customers.

The innovative solution will catalyze to boost financial inclusion while providing access to faster, easier and secure financial services to Nigerians. It provides a “touch-free” option of receiving and making payments for goods and services by simply scanning to pay.

Jimoh said the payment solution was designed to be “low cost” for merchants and would require shoppers to scan a QR code generated by a seller to pay for an item.

Each code will have unique details containing the information relating to the transaction and would link with a customer’s Banking App, already enabled on their smartphone.

Also speaking, CBN Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability, Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, commended the NIBSS team for this trail blazing achievement.

She stated that the CBN as regulator of the banking and payment system in Nigeria is committed to providing an enabling regulatory environment that ensures interoperability, proper market conduct and continued innovation within the financial services ecosystem to foster healthy competition, high quality service and financial inclusion.

“Against this background, the Bank recently released the Regulatory Framework for Sandbox Operations in Nigeria and the Guidelines on Open Banking with the objective of opening up the terrain for more transformative ideas and encouraging start-up companies to grow and contribute to the overall economic development in Nigeria,” she said.

The NIBSS Managing Director/CEO,  Premier Oiwoh, said the NQR Payment solution will unlock a wealth of extra benefits that will transform the way Nigerians choose to pay as it is reliable, secure, and offer instant value to business owners.

He said the solution will re-create the Nigerian payment experience for businesses who are seeking new digital innovations to improve efficiency while providing a fast, easy and secure payment option.
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