The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it will build an ecosystem allowing everyone easy access and use of the e-Naira wallet even for small transactions.
Speaking yesterday at Kairo market, Oshodi Lagos, the branch controller CBN Lagos, Kotor Godfrey, said that
being the second Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) fully open to the public after the Bahamas Sand Dollar, the digital currency is gaining traction with the projection of its download to 10,000 in the second quarter of 2022 from the 7,300 recorded in the first quarter of the year.
He said that in order to ramp up awareness and adoption of the e-naira, the apex bank, in collaboration with Bizi Mobile and Oshodi Market Leaders commenced sensitization and activation of e-Naira Wallet.
He said: “Available data showed that consumer wallet downloads have so far been the most downloaded over the merchant wallet, but transactions between Person-to-Bank and Bank-to-Person have constituted about 90 per cent on the platform,” he said.
Godfrey said the sensitisation exercise offers business owners, market men and women the opportunity they have been waiting for to understand the technology and business of e-naira in order to enjoy its benefits.
According to him, the e-naira also known as the giant naira is the first in Africa and among the earliest in the world.
“It was designed with you in our mind and there is now, enough room for anyone to enjoy cheap, secure and efficient banking services. With e-naira there is no room for fraud or counterfeit.
“We give you the assurance that it is very secure and that you can do business without receiving counterfeit. It is designed in Nigeria and can be received any where in the world,” Godfrey stated.
He further noted that nowadays a lot of people have Phone and “with your phone you can carry out transaction from anywhere.”
In his reaction, the secretary of Oshodi Market Traders Association, Obinna Ume applauded the CBN for the noble initiative, adding that if the e-naira is well adopted, it will boost their trade in terms of seamless transactions.
According to him, the e-naira will eliminate the challenge of failed transactions or situations where business hours are wasted because monies are transferred with evidence of debit alerts but the receiver could not see credit alert which keeps both parties waiting.
While calling on the CBN and other stakeholders to create more awareness, he expressed delight that with the e-naira, third party there is no third party involvement.
Speaking on e-naira business/agent opportunities the Cordinator, Bizi Mobile Aminu Bizi said the target at this early stage is to sensitize the market leaders because they are the ones that will bring all their colleagues in for wider adoption.
According him, the sensitization exercise will continue in other markets in Lagos, thereafter, it will be extended to other zones in the country.