CBN Introduces Supervisory Framework for Payment Service Banks
The Central of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the supervisory framework for payment service banks (PSBs) in the country.
In the supervisory framework posted on its website, the banking sector regulator explained that the introduction of the PSBs was to contribute to efforts to enhance access to financial services for the unbanked population of the Nigerian economy. The PSBs are expected to leverage on technology to provide services that would be easily accessed by the unbanked population and those who are in hard-toreach areas of the country.
“This framework hereby provides a set of regulations that are targeted at streamlining the operations of Payment Service Banks, ensuring transparency in their operations as well as ensuring adequate customer protection. The framework focuses on corporate governance, risks management of the PSBs, and safety of funds to the consumers of the Payment Service Banks’ products.
“This framework also aims to ensure that sound risk management practices are embedded in the operations of the PSBs,” it added. According to the supervisory framework, the PSBs are also required to comply with relevant extant regulations and CBN’s prudential guidelines and circulars which are issued periodically.
It stated that the PSBs shall use the words “Payment Service Bank” in their names to differentiate them from other banks.
However, the name of a PSB shall not include any word that links it to its parent company or promoter, it added.
Also, the PSBs are expected to operate mostly in the rural areas and unbanked locations targeting financially excluded persons, with not less than 25 per cent financial service touch points in such rural areas as defined by the CBN from time to time; enter into direct partnership with card scheme operators, among others.