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Fresh CBN guidelines for PoS operations in Nigeria

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released the regulatory framework for agent banking operations, which includes several restrictions to mitigate risks in the financial sector.
The guideline was announced in a circular titled Exposure Draft of the Regulatory Framework for Agent Banking in Nigeria, signed by Musa I. Jimoh, the director of the Payments System Management Department.
In the 31-page document, the CBN dedicated Section 8.3 to outline prohibited activities for agents. One of the key restrictions in the guideline is that agents must not use the purchase option on PoS terminals for cash-in and cash-out transactions.
The CBN has also warned agents against transactions where a receipt or acknowledgment cannot be generated. In addition to the abovementioned restrictions, the circular prohibits agents from conducting transactions in foreign currency. Agent banking is a financial inclusion service that aims to extend the reach of retail banking services to all segments of the population, especially residents of rural areas.
The service providers include First Monie, EcoBank Express, UBA Moni, Zenith Mobile Money, and others. The CBN has observed that the agent banking initiative has led to the proliferation of financial service agents across Nigeria. Reports say a significant and growing portion of financial transactions is now conducted through agents.
Approved mobile money operators
Kongapay Technologies Limited
Abeg Technologies Limited
Chams Mobile Limited
eTranzact International Limited
Fortis Mobile Money Limited
Funds And Electronic Transfer (FETS) Limited
Hedonmark Management Services Limited
Pagatech Limited
Palmpay Limited
Parkway Projects Limited
Teasy International Company Limited
Nanonow Digital Services Limited
VTNetwork Limited
Xpress MTS Limited
Visual ICT Limited

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