Skye Bank’s Merchant Wins Award
Skye Bank mCash Merchant, Sulaiman Gidado, has emerged one of the top performing agents in the country. The Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), made this known when it identified Suleiman as one of the top mCash merchants at the mCash relaunch which held in Lagos recently.
Part of the renewed efforts to further drive financial inclusion in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) mandate, NIBSS, in collaboration with banks, financial regulators, leading telecommunications companies and merchants witnessed the re-launch of the payment solution.
A statement from the bank yesterday, quoted its Head of e-Business, Akinwale Ojo, to have described mcash as an innovative solution targeted at low-value retail payments
He further stated that, “The intention of mCash is to create enhanced opportunity for people who rely mostly on cash to find convenient means of making payments electronically thus further enabling financial inclusion in Nigeria.”
On his part, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NIBSS, Adebisi Shonubi, said NIBSS partnered banks, telecommunication companies, financial regulators, and merchants on the initiative to further drive financial inclusion.
Shonubi stated that “the relaunch, which is in line with the CBN renewed efforts at driving financial inclusion was the rolling of agency networks involving the banks, telcos and merchants, and is thus ecosystem driven.”
According to the NIBSS boss, “in the next two years, the plan is to have 500,000 agent networks that will provide financial services as well as educate and inform people on how the platform works.”
The mCash utilises Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, USSD code in payment processing.
Merchants can deploy mCash as a payment channel by registering with their banks, who will issue them an 8-digit seller code which buyers or payers need to use while making payments to them.