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CBN Pegs N2b Capital for Mobile Money Operators In Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has asked all Mobile Money Operators in Nigeria to maintain a minimum of N2 billion capital base in a circular signed by Mr Musa Jimoh, CBN Director, Payments System Management Department.

The Mobile Money Operators In Nigeria, have also been authorized by the apex bank to hold customers’ funds under its new licensing framework.

According to the CBN circular, the new framework offers clarity for new and existing market participants.
Jimoh explained that under the new licensing regime, e-money issuing, wallet creation, pool account management, and other activities are permissible under super agents.

The CBN director said the new policy aligns with CBN’s commitment to promoting a strong and credible payment system.

He said: “Given the significant evolution and innovation in the Nigerian payment system, all payment service providers and stakeholders are invited to note that payments system licensing has been streamlined according to permissible activities in four broad categories.

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“The categories are Switching and Processing, Mobile Money Operations (MNOs), Payment Service Solutions (PSSs), and Regulatory Sandbox.”

Jimoh stated that only MMOs were permitted to hold customer funds, adding that companies with licenses within any of the other categories were not permitted to hold customer funds.

He said that companies seeking to combine activities under the switching and MMO categories were only permitted to operate under a holden company structure with subsidiaries clearly delineated.

Jimoh explained that payments system companies in the PSS category may hold any of the PSSP, PTSP, and Super Agent licenses or a combination of the licenses thereof.

“All payment service providers and stakeholders in the payments system are required to ensure strict compliance with these requirements and all other payment system regulations,” he said.

He said that collaboration between licensed payment companies, banks, and other financial institutions in respect of products and services is subject to CBN’s approvals.

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