CBN GOVERNOR SAYS ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION VOLUMES INCREASED 67% DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, says electronic transaction volumes increased by about 67 percent during the COVID-19 lockdown with increased transactions at agent networks.

This is contained in a statement issued by Nelson Olagundoye, Head, Corporate Communication and External Relation, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) in Lagos on Thursday.

Mr Olagundoye quoted Mr Emefiele as saying this during the 20th edition of the National Seminar on Banking and Allied Matters for Judges.

The seminar was organised by the CIBN, in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI), under the auspices of the Bankers Committee of CBN.

Mr Emefiele was represented by the Deputy Governor of CBN, Aisha Ahmad, at the seminar.

The CBN governor said the payment system infrastructure accommodated the surge as more citizens moved to electronic channels.

He said the banking and payments system was able to retain its operational resilience, maintaining availability of electronic payment and mobile banking channels.

Mr Emefiele, who highlighted the role of technology, noted that this was in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ‘’unraveled itself as a global health and economic crisis of seismic proportions’’.

He said that domestic and international travel and global trade value chains had suffered severe disruptions, with significant negative impact on financial markets, financial services industry, oil and gas, health, transport & aviation, education, hospitality and tourism, to mention just a few.

Mr Emefiele, however, noted that the Nigerian financial services sector continues to be resilient, with positive financial soundness indicators evidenced by strong capital adequacy, liquidity and asset quality metrics.

He said that banks and other financial institutions sustained the credit growth momentum, channeling significant amount of lending over N3.7 trillion to the real sector– manufacturing, consumer, agriculture, etc.

Mr Emefiele advised that the administration of Justice Process should also leverage technology to facilitate mass communication and business processes in the country.

He said that to stimulate fast trial and opportunities in the new normal, the judiciary needed to undertake critical steps such as keying into digital transformation to improve the efficiency of the justice delivery system.



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