In a bid to encourage the use of electronic banking in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced a downward review of charges for electronic transactions in its revised guidelines to charges by banks, other financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions.
The downward review was made know through a circular by Chibuzor Efobi, for the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, stating that the review was in response to “further evolution in the financial industry in the last few years.”
The apex bank stated that the new guide included review of other bank charges to align with market developments.
It stated that it also comprised inclusion of new sections on accountability/responsibility and a sanction regime to directly address instances of excess unapproved, (arbitrary) charges.
It added that the revised guidelines took effect from January 1.
The CBN has the mandate to issue the guide to bank charges. The guide provides a basis for the application of charges on various products and services offered by banks and other regulated institutions under the purview of the apex bank.
The guide was first released in 2004 and revised in 2013 and 2017 due to market developments such as new innovations in products and channels, as well as new industry participants.