Cashless policy: Check banking sector fraud, ex-ANAN boss tells CBN

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Dr Samuel Nzekwe, Former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to intensify effort toward checking banking sector fraud.

Nzekwe gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, on Thursday.

He noted that such a step would make the cashless policy more effective.

NAN reports that CBN on Tuesday in a circular to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) directed that from Wednesday, Sept. 18, it would impose three per cent processing fees for withdrawals and two per cent processing fees for lodgments of amounts above N500, 000 for individual accounts.

The apex bank further directed that five per cent should be deducted on corporate account withdrawals that fall above N3 million

According to the CBN charges on deposits shall apply in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, Rivers states and the Federal Capital Territory, in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals, effective Sept.18, 2019.

The apex bank said the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy would take effect from March 31, 2020.

Nzekwe stated that his advice became necessary to ensure confidence building and to attract more patronage in the banking sector.

“The apex bank needs to redouble efforts in tackling frauds because many customers had lost money to fraudsters through the e-banking platforms,’’ he said.

Nzekwe noted that banking sector fraud remained a major problem capable of hindering the effective implementation of the cashless policy.

The former ANAN president alleged that some banks’ staff divulged customers’ information to fraudsters, saying that “confidence is really necessary”.

He urged the CBN to install state-of-the-art security gadgets to ensure effective monitoring of sharp practices within the sector.

“There is need put in place security measures that will boost confidence in the policy.“As we can see, Nigerians are willing to embrace it,’’ Nzekwe said.

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