The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that it will this year begin to conduct an e-payment infrastructure audit.
The move is part of measures to enhance a robust payment infrastructure in the country.
This comes as the banking sector regulator has placed 7,552 customer accounts on Bank Verification Accounts (BVN), following rising fraud and forgeries in the financial sector.
To achieve this, the CBN has to hire consultants for the audit as disclosed by Musa Jimoh, director, payment systems management department, CBN at the ongoing seminar for finance correspondents and business Editors in Calabar, Cross River State.
Represented by Adefuye Adeyemi, deputy director, payment system management department, CBN, he said the audit would give Nigeria the opportunity to benchmark its e-payment infrastructure with the international standards.
“What kind of scalability do we need to put in place, that is what an audit will help us to achieve. It will help drive foreign direct investment,” he said.
He said Nigeria is moving towards cardless and other contactless payment options, including QR Codes, NFC, among others for seamless financial transactions in the country.
Earlier in keynote address, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the CBN noted that the total transaction in eNaira has risen to 1.4 million, which is about double the volume recorded in its first anniversary.
He highlighted the role of the country’s central bank digital (CBDC), known as eNaira in advancing the smart payment system.
“The outlook for the e-payment system in Nigeria is very good and provides huge opportunities for economic revival and growth,” Jimoh said.