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UBA plans relying on BNV to float USSD Account opening system

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Africa’s most networked banking group, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has noted the introduction of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has sanitized retail banking segment of the industry.

The bank is now relying on the gains of the BNV to launch an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), code for account openings using mobile phones.

USSD is a Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication technology that is used to send text between a mobile phone and an application program in the network Applications may include prepaid roaming or mobile chatting.

Explaining the plans, Dr. Yinka Adedeji, divisional head, Consumer and Digital Banking at UBA, further extolled the CBN’s decision to allow owners of Savings account to receive cheques upto the tune of N2million into their accounts daily.

He said “Also, we are looking at all the directions that the CBN is trying to push. We are aligning with all the regulators in all the countries we operate in, making account opening and financial services very simple through creation of capacities and partnerships with people that are deeper in grassroots banking viz-a-viz agency banking.

“As a way of driving financial inclusion too, we will soon introduce online account opening using USSD; it will be a very great opportunity to reach out to many people using mobile devices to open account seamlessly. But, we regard Bank Verification Number (BVN), you can only complete it when you visit the banking hall. And this has really helped to improve the Know Your Customer (KYC) in banking sector.

“Now, there are multiple names of accounts that we are trying to simplify to make it easier for people to have transactions with us. Thanks to the Central Bank of Nigeria, again, for introducing the BVN. With BVN, customers have become very unique. Now, you are allowed to accept cheque up to N2million per day into your savings account. People may view it as minimal, but this is a major change. It implies that you can run businesses on savings account.


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