Ecobank Explains Benefits of e-Payment Channels

The Deputy Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Tony Okpanachi, has said the introduction of various innovative electronic payment platforms by the bank was in line with its deliberate policy to provide seamless and innovative services to customers and banking public.
According to him, e-payment system will further engender the financial inclusion strategy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and continue to stimulate commercial activities in the nation’s economy.
Speaking in the same light, Head, Consumer Distribution, Ecobank Nigeria, TundeKuponiyi, said the various mobile payment applications being introduced by banks in the country will soon dominate the e-payment system, stating that, the payment system only requires sensitisation among the banking public.
According to him, “Nigerians will embrace the culture of using the phones for payment. As with every new product, sensitisation is the key to speedy uptake and with every financial institution focusing on it, uptake will grow consistently in the coming years. Mobile banking is the future and we believe this will be embraced faster than any of the traditional electronic products i.e. ATM and Cards that we have today.”
He projected a steady growth in the migration to alternative channels as they become more stable and reliable with new technology, adding that, stakeholders are committed to addressing the emerging challenges in the various channels to ensure general acceptability.
“The issues particularly PoS have been well documented such as no uniformity in transaction charge, high transaction cost against a slim margin, connectivity etc. this is being reviewed by stakeholders to find a lasting solution that will engender inclusion,” he was quoted to have added in a statement.
Recently, Ecobank introduced EcobankMasterpass QR, which makes electronic payments safe, simple and smart. It improves customer experience with a clean front-end design and a built-in sophisticated and secure supporting technology.
Users of Ecobank’s mobile banking platform can safely pay for online and in-store purchases by scanning a Quick Response (QR) code displayed at checkout on their smartphones, or by entering a merchant identifier into their feature phones.