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NAICOM to Boost Financial Inclusion with NIIDP

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National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), on Monday said it has concluded plans to launch the Nigerian Insurance Industry Development Plan (NIIDP) in order to boost financial inclusion.

The commission said it had already concluded work on the NIIDP, with KPMG, a consulting firm monitoring its implementation to ensure each segment of the market kept to date with their assigned responsibilities.

The Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer, NAICOM, Mohammed Kari, said this at the National Insurance Conference, in Abuja.

The conference had ‘Insurance Industry and Financial Inclusion’ as its theme.

He said: “The timing of this Conference could not have been more significant especially as we prepare to launch the Nigerian Insurance Industry Development Plan (NIIDP) which has Financial Inclusion as one of its major components. Work on the NIIDP has already been concluded with inputs from KPMG, consulting firms who will also independently monitor its implementation to ensure each segment of the market keep to date with their assigned responsibilities.

“It may interest you to know that the plan has been presented to the Insurers Committee, a body comprising management of NAICOM, CEOs of insurance companies and heads of insurance trade associations and the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) to ensure every player in the industry is on the same page with us. I commend the market committee and KPMG for the good job on the NIIDP.

“How the insurance sector in Nigeria could effectively and efficiently navigate this turn to increase the number of policyholders while reducing the figure of the financially excluded, is part of what the NIIDP contain.

“The strategic initiatives and implementation plans of the NIIDP notwithstanding, we have dedicated this forum to financial inclusion for an opportunity to listen to speakers and discussants with divergent views and opinions so as to improve on what we already have.”

NAICOM also linked high rate of poverty in Nigeria and the rest of the world to financial exclusion.

Kari said the insurance sector plays a vital role in any economy by helping to reduce the poverty line.

He said: “The general consensus seems to be that financial exclusion is one of the main causes of poverty in the world.

“The insurance sector plays a vital role in all of these because it helps to reduce the poverty line, it helps entities and individuals manage their risks and protects them from negative adverse effects of unforeseeable events.

“Commission recognizes financial inclusion as a tool for financial development and inclusive growth agenda and will therefore, continue to support the development of products that will improve the standard of living of the people and increase the role of insurance in the development and growth of the average Nigerian’s standard of living.

He added that Nigeria launched the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in 2012 to reduce the percentage of adults that are excluded from financial services from 46.3 per cent in 2010 to 20 per cent by 2020.

“The strategic goals are driven by a broad range of coordinated interventions, including simplified Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, Agent banking, Micro insurance and Consumer Protection principles,” he added.

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NDIC Recovers N28.5Bn from Debtors of Ailing Banks

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Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has recovered N28.48 billion from debtors of Deposit Money Banks in-liquidation as at December 31, 2017, according to Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, managing director/chief executive officer of the Corporation.

 

Ibrahim who stated this in Corporation’s 2017 Annual Report, said the sum was higher than the N28.16 billion realised in 2016.

 

He said: “To date, a total of N125.13 million was realised from debtors of closed Microfinance Banks as at December 31, 2017.

 

“Debt recoveries from Primary Mortgage Banks increased by 22.60 per cent from N195.17 million in 2016 to N239.27million in 2017.

 

“The sum of N21.39 billion was realised from disposal of physical assets of closed DMBs compared to N21.21 billion in 2016.

 

“The sum of N386.11million was also recovered from the sale of physical assets of MFBs in the period under review as against N361.45 million recovered in 2016.

 

“Also, the value of physical assets recovered from PMBs was N77.87 million in 2017, compared to N75.50 million as at December 31, 2016.’’

 

According to Ibrahim, the NDIC paid N11.50 billion to depositors, creditors, shareholders and other stakeholders of closed financial institutions in the year under review.

 

The NDIC boss said the corporation’s Deposit Insurance Fund stood at N959.55 billion, Special Insured Institutions Fund was N114.39 billion, and its Non-Interest Deposit Insurance Fund stood at N0.693 billion in the period under review.

 

Ibrahim said NDIC operating income increased from N122.68 billion in 2016 to N146.47 billion in 2017 and its total operating expenses decreased from N93.60 billion to N63.55billion in 2017.

 

He further said that the corporation remitted N22.77 billion per audit to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation as at December 31, 2017.

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Oradian, TAB Finance Join Forces to Boost Financial Inclusion

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TAB Finance, a new microfinance bank licensed by the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea, joins Oradian’s global community of visionary financial institutions.

With this strategic partnership, Oradian is expanding its presence in West Africa. TAB Finance is now enabled to boost financial inclusion in remote, hard-to-reach communities through Oradian’s toolset.

Microfinance institutions in frontier markets across West Africa are leapfrogging legacy systems and deciding to implement solutions that provide world-class best practices.

Digitalisation is increasingly important because it offers fintech providers such as mobile money apps the capacity to integrate with core banking systems. With its cloud-based solution, Oradian is driving the digitalisation of its customers so that they can offer their services to the unbanked more efficiently.

Oradian’s cloud-based core banking system enables financial institutions in West Africa to become more efficient with digital operations, make informed decisions and grow without incremental costs. With cloud banking technology, microfinance institutions are able to increase the number of clients they can service, expand their rural reach and further drive financial inclusion.

Mamadou Alpha Balde, Managing Director of TAB Finance commented on TAB Finance’s collaboration with Oradian saying: “We recognised that Oradian provides cloud-based solutions relevant to the operations of our financial institution. We chose Oradian as TAB Finance’s digital strategy partner because Oradian is experienced across African markets, offers global best practice and shares our mission. We look forward to increasing operational efficiencies and enhancing our security.”

Oradian’s teams based in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana work with financial institutions through each step of their digital transformation: from data migration, training and implementation, to routine check-ins and continuous improvement. Cloud banking is eliminating manual processes and automating reporting, which enables financial institutions to access the live data they need to know control their portfolios.

Onyeka Adibeli, Oradian’s Co-founder and Programme Director for Africa said, “In TAB Finance and their visionary leaders, we found mission-aligned partners who are committed to financial inclusion. With Oradian and initiatives from local government, TAB Finance will be enabled to overcome some of the major challenges of the microfinance sector and serve more clients across West Africa.”

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Flutterwave Reiterates Commitment to Better Merchants Payment Experience

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With the recent change in the top management of Flutterwave Incorporated, the company says it remains committed in the drive towards ensuring that there renewed trust and security in the Nigerian payment technology sector.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Gbenga Agboola, Co-Founder and CEO of Flutterwave Inc., enumerated the company’s plans and programmes; and noted that Flutterwave is trying to build a new experience in payment in Nigeria.

According to Gbenga Agboola, the company has received certifications that attests to its ability to secure customers’ transactions. “We place a very high premium on security and trust,” he concluded. The certifications include PCI-1 licence, PA-DSS and ISO 27001.

He further pointed out that the unique feature of Flutterwave service is that they process any manner of card from across the world.

The company’s flagship application, Wave, allows merchants to collect payment from anywhere in the world, and already has over 25, 000 merchants on the platform.

Other features of the company’s services, according to Agboola include flexible settlement, connectivity via any client, flexible merchant architecture, 3D security, among others.

A Financial Technology (Fintech) company, Flutterwave, which was founded in 2016, is a payment technology company focused on helping banks and businesses provide seamless and secure payment experiences for their customers. The company says it has a team of world class entrepreneurs, financial services technologists and mobile payment experts working together to build Africa’s payment infrastructure from the ground up.

Since it was founded in 2016, Flutterwave has processed over $2.5 billion for clients such as Uber, Facebook, Transferwise, Flywire, Booking.Com among others. Some of its investors and partners include Mastercard, Omidyar Network, Y Combinator, Greycroft, Green Visor Capital, as well as other notable Silicon Valley venture firms.

Aside the $2.5 billion in payments process, the company which has 1200+ developers building on it has also processed up to 100 million transactions with 50 bank partners in Africa.

Flutterwave, last month, announced that it has completed its Series A Extension round of financing. The round of financing, according to a statement included investments from Mastercard, CRE Ventures, Fintech Collective, 4DX Ventures, and Raba Capital, among others.

To this end, Flutterwave has now raised over $20 million to date and its largest investors include Green Visor Capital and Greycroft Partners.

As part of the financing, the Chairman of Green Visor Capital, and former Chairman/CEO of Visa, Joe Saunders joined the Flutterwave Board of Directors.

The Fintech company, which recently replaced its pioneer CEO, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, said it is building modern payments technology and infrastructure for Africa.

Its solution enables banks and merchants to replace multiple payment integrations with one simple Application Programme Interface (API), which enables processing of any form of payment anywhere in Africa.

Other features of the Flutterwave service are payment acceptance, make payouts and manage business funds from one integrated platform that helps businesses connect globally. “Processing billions around the world, we are the trusted payments partner of Nigeria businesses.”

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