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BeepTool Unveils Seamless Mobile Payment, Money Transfer App

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BeepTool, an indigenous tech start-up based in Lagos Nigeria has unveiled m-nairaApp, designed to bridge the gap in financial inclusion, mobile payment and remittance space.

m-naira mobile app has been described by industry watchers and stakeholders as a timely intervention in the mobile payment ecosystem, contributing to the country’s stride towards a full cashless economy.

As of today, Nigerians in the Diaspora send up to $24 billion annually to Nigeria. At an average cost per transaction of 11.89%, Nigerians are spending more than $7 billion in fees. We think we can do better.

The m-naira App is designed to be the fastest and most secured way to send and remit money home directly to a bank account or mobile wallet. The m-naira app is also designed for paying bills for family and friends from any part of the world.

Speaking to the media, Mayowa Ihinmikaiye, Co-founder & Business Development Manager, BeepTool CIS Limited said, “m-naira App is a value sharing and money transfer services platform that interconnects all Nigerian bank accounts, Mobile wallets, and billing systems to deliver instant remittance services to Nigeria from anywhere in the world.

“Whether you’re supporting your family or doing business in Nigeria, m-naira App makes it convenient and safer to Send, Receive, Pay and save cash instantly from your phone, at a quarter of the cost of your bank or high street money transfer provider.”

“m-naira App works directly with service providers to enable remote payment for services such as utilities, healthcare, school tuition, etc. Nigerians living in rural areas are not left out, as we are connecting them to the financial world using Nano-satellites. This will allow Nigerians in areas with poor or no connectivity use the m-naira app to send and receive payment for goods and service he added.

The app has shown a lot of promises. Having features such as; Instant transfer available from any UK, USA and EU approved countries of the world to Nigeria, with 24/7 delivery, real-time updates on your transfer, so you know exactly where your money is and there is no credit or debit card fees.

The mobile app can be downloaded via Google Play Storefor now, with the iOS version coming soon or via website. The m-naira app has a high level of encryption, Know Your Customer (KYC) and security. The developers of the app took it a bit further by helping the unbanked to save money via the m-naira Ajo scheme.

This scheme is a Rotational Savings Club or a group of individuals who save and borrow together in a form of peer-to-peer banking. Group members contribute funds into a pool on a regular basis (daily, weekly or monthly), and then take turns withdrawing funds from the pool. Rotational Savings Clubs are also known as Ajo, Esusu or Otataje in Nigeria.

Pay with m-naira feature is a contactless payment method using a QR code scan from the m-naira app, users can make mobile payments at stores and to merchants.

Blink with m-Naira feature is mobile payment method available in the m-naira app allowing users to make payments (in-store and online) with the use of a one-time password (OTP) pin eliminating the use of ATM cards for shopping online, withdraw and deposit cash at agent locations. m-naira BLINK can be used by m-naira app users and customers of m-naira app partner banks. All banks and stores in Nigeria are in the m-naira app network.

We believe strongly that the future of mobile payment in Nigeria and Africa at large will be shaped by fintech companies and mobile apps like m-naira.

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WorldRemit, Paga Partner for Money Transfers to Nigeria

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WorldRemit, digital money transfer company, and Paga Nigeria have partnered to launch international money transfers to Nigeria.

 

Using the WorldRemit app or website, Nigerians in diaspora living in over 50 countries can now send money quickly and securely to over 11 million Paga users.

 

In a press statement, the company said that the new partnership considerably grows WorldRemit’s footprint in Nigeria, by expanding the company’s service offering from bank transfer and airtime top-up to include mobile money.

 

It stated that the introduction of international transfers to mobile-to-mobile accounts in Nigeria supported WorldRemit’s commitment to financial inclusion in the country, where nearly 40 per cent of the adults are unbanked.

 

According to the release, WorldRemit’s mobile-first, digital model saves customers time and money as they do not have to visit a bricks and mortar agent to send money home.

 

“International transfers to Paga mobile money wallets via WorldRemit are instant. Recipients can then transfer funds from their Paga wallets to other users of Paga wallets or bank accounts, top-up mobile airtime, and pay for bills and groceries at shops and businesses that accept Paga payments. Customers can also withdraw money as cash at Paga agent locations, perform cardless withdrawals at select ATMs or store their funds in their Paga accounts.”

 

Since its launch in 2009, Paga has been recognised by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as the fastest-growing Agent Network for its role in driving financial inclusion in Nigeria.

 

Paga is the country’s widest reaching mobile money company, with over 14,000 agents across nearly 36 states, and is committed to making it easy for people to send and receive money digitally.

 

Last year, after a $10 million raise, Paga announced plans to expand into new global territories and introduce new partnerships and products to the market.

 

Speaking, Tamer El-Emary, chief commercial officer at WorldRemit, said, “Paga and WorldRemit share a commitment to making life easier for Nigerians sending and receiving money. Our partnership represents a new milestone for WorldRemit as we expand our service offering in Nigeria to include mobile money, a technology that has been transformational for communities across Africa.”

 

He noted that “Our partnership with Paga supports financial inclusion initiatives in Nigeria by introducing a new and convenient way for people to receive money from abroad and directly into their mobile money accounts.”

 

Tayo Oviosu, founder and CEO of Paga, said, “At Paga, we are committed to making money transfers seamless and convenient.”

 

He stated that “Our partnership with WorldRemit is a further example of our commitment to making it easy to send and receive money digitally. “Many Nigerians in the diaspora support members of their family living in Nigeria, and often times these family members may be depending on that stipend to survive.

 

According to Oviosu, using WorldRemit’s website, Nigerians in the diaspora can send money home to family and friends using the mobile phone number of the recipient money will be instantly credited to a Paga wallet for the recipient and available for immediate use on Paga.

 

This is just one of the many ways we are making life possible for Nigerians at home and abroad.

 

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UBA Hits N28.7Bn Profit in First 3 Months of 2019

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United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Pan-African lender, has announced making a total of N28.7 billion as profit in the first three months of 2019. This figure is higher than the N23.7 billion profit after tax netted by the company in the corresponding period of 2018.

 

UBA, which recently commenced full banking operations in the United Kingdom, disclosed further that it raked N98.6 billion as interest income against N90.3 billion generated a year ago, while the interest expense increased to N40.5 billion from N36.8 billion.

 

According to the financial statements of the bank released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) , a total of N24.2 billion was realised from fees and commission income against N20 billion in Q1 2018, while the fees and commission expense rose to N7.5 billion from N5 billion.

 

However, the net trading and foreign exchange income dropped in Q1 2019 to N6.1 billion from N6.7 billion, but the operating income jumped to N83.7 billion from N77.6 billion.

 

In the period under review, the profit before tax appreciated to N30.2 billion from N26.6 billion, while the earnings per share (EPS) rose to 82 kobo from 67 kobo.

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PoS Innovation Summit to Drive Agency Banking

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The Fintech industry in Nigeria is warming up for yet another round of electrifying discourses at the PoS Innovation Summit scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi.

The event will draw delegates from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), Banks, players in the Fintech industry and other key stakeholders.

Convened by Nigeria’s foremost Fintech company, Global Accelerex Limited, the PoS Innovation Summit is a platform that brings together all stakeholders in the financial technology ecosystem to deliberate and foster greater understanding of the value chain in a bid to improve service delivery in the e-payment sector. These discussions are aimed at achieving the financial inclusion goals of the Federal Government and attaining the Financial System Strategy (FSS) 2020 Plan of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

This edition of the summit, rightly themed, “Agent Banking to Reach the Last Mile”, will focus on the delivery of convenient, accessible and cost-effective financial services to the underserved and unbanked in Nigeria. The objective will be to further improve financial inclusion through the agency banking system.

The Special Guest of Honour at the event is Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria. Patrick Akinwutan, the Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria; Ronke Kuye, Managing Director of SANEF; Jacqueline Jumah, the Managing Director of Intermarc Consulting; and Tunde Ogungbade, Managing Director of Global Accelerex; will be keynote speakers at the forum.

To deepen understanding of how agent banking really works, a live demonstration of agency banking, using the Accelerex Agent Network Platform, will also occur during the summit.

A considerable number of Nigerians have embraced the deposit, transfer and withdrawal of money through agent banking operators both in urban and rural areas. As this trend evolves, creativity and innovation will be major contributors to sustainable growth, especially regarding new market segments. This is where the overarching need for a summit such as this becomes very instructive.

The event, which has held since 2017, will also have in attendance notable stakeholders including Payment Terminal Service Providers (PTSPs), representatives of banks, representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria and NIBSS, Agent Network Management Organisations/Super Agents, representatives of Microfinance Banks, representatives of Fintech Companies, Merchants, Payment Processors, among others.

The PoS Innovation Summit is renowned for its invaluable contributions to innovation and improvement of efficiency in the nation’s fast-growing e-payment industry through insights and shared experiences aptly analysed by seasoned speakers and discussed by experienced panelists.

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