NIBSS, MTN, banks, others relaunch mCASH


MTN Nigeria along with 16 banks and all major mobile telcos have come together to relaunch the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems’ mCASH.

A statement on Sunday described that mCASH as a mobile payment system for making low-value retail payments, adding that it was designed to extend electronic payment options to low-income buyers and sellers dealing in cash.

The organisers said the cashless initiative was first launched in 2016

Speaking at the relaunch of the platform in Lagos scheduled to hold this week, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, represented by the General Manager, Mobile Financial Services, MTN, Mr Usoro Usoro, described the initiative as the outcome of what could be achieved when organisations work together for a common goal – to serve.

He said, “It is incredible how much the world has changed and continues to evolve with new ideas and technologies. Today, Africa is increasingly embracing new ways of payment for retail consumption and transactions.

“For those of us in the telecoms industry, this presented us with the question – how do we fully utilise all available options to provide standardised and efficient mobile cashless services for micro-payment and collections? The answer, ladies and gentlemen is mCASH.”

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NIBSS, Mr Adebisi Shonubi, said that the mCASH initiative was born out of the need to enhance financial inclusion in Nigeria by extending e-payment benefits to payers and merchants operating at the local level, especially the small and medium-scale business owners.

“The intention is to expand the payment opportunity for people who still use cash today to find a more convenient means of making payments. To ensure the paradigm shift, we had to promote an ecosystem partnership consisting of banks and telecommunication companies, thereby birthing what has become a novel collaboration anywhere in the world – a service that is not one bank or one telco-driven but which is ecosystem-driven,” Shonubi said.

According to the statement, the USSD-based service delivers funds to merchants’ accounts based on the USSD technology.


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