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Unlocking economic prosperity: The role of fintechs in financial sector

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In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed a burgeoning wave of technological innovation reshaping various sectors of its economy. Among these innovations, financial technology (Fintech) stands out as a potent force driving inclusive economic growth and prosperity.

With its transformative potential, Fintech is heralding a new era of financial inclusion, empowering millions of Nigerians and propelling the nation towards sustainable development.

At the heart of Nigeria’s Fintech revolution lies the imperative of leveraging technology to bridge the gap between traditional financial services and the unbanked population. The advent of mobile technology has emerged as a game-changer, offering a gateway to financial inclusion for millions who were previously excluded from formal banking systems. Today, mobile phones have become ubiquitous tools for accessing financial services, transcending geographical barriers and empowering individuals with newfound economic opportunities.

The recent Nigeria Fintech and Financial Inclusion Roundtable 2024, organized by Business Journal Media Group in Lagos, served as a rallying point for industry stakeholders to deliberate on the transformative role of Fintech in driving economic prosperity. Under the theme, “The Role of Fintech and Financial Inclusion in Citizen Empowerment and Economic Growth,” experts converged to chart a path towards a more inclusive and prosperous future.

Agada Apochi, Group managing director/CEO of Unified Payment Services Limited, delivered a compelling keynote address, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between economic growth and financial inclusion. Apochi highlighted the untapped potential of Fintech in unlocking economic opportunities for millions of Nigerians, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts to leverage technology for poverty alleviation and wealth creation.

Echoing Apochi’s sentiments, Adekunbi Ademiluyi, managing director/CEO of HumanManager Limited, emphasized the foundational role of identity verification in enabling financial inclusion. She lauded the strides made by Fintech companies in extending financial services to underserved populations, citing their innovative solutions as catalysts for Nigeria’s journey towards universal financial access.

Umaru Kwairanga, Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX), underscored the transformative potential of Fintech in democratizing finance and expanding access to capital markets. He highlighted NGX Group’s strategic initiatives to harness Fintech for retail investor participation, aimed at democratizing wealth creation opportunities in the capital market.

Addressing consumer concerns about Fintech, Bode Oguntoke, Group head of Audit at FBN Holdings Plc, emphasized the importance of transparency and consumer empowerment. He advocated for enhanced disclosure practices, clear fee structures, and accessible channels for addressing consumer grievances, urging regulatory bodies to promote uniformity and transparency in Fintech operations.

The roundtable, convened by Prince Cookey, publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Business Journal Media Group, served as a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration, fostering a deeper understanding of Fintech’s role in Nigeria’s economic landscape. With a commitment to driving inclusive economic growth through innovation, the event vowed to be an annual fixture, charting a course towards a more prosperous Nigeria.

As Nigeria navigates the complexities of economic development, Fintech emerges as a beacon of hope, offering tangible solutions to entrenched challenges. By harnessing the power of technology, Nigeria has the opportunity to unlock economic prosperity, uplift millions from poverty, and forge a path towards a brighter future for all.