Fintech Growth: Danbatta highlights NCC Significant Role In Internet Connectivity

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The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) / CEO Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta says the commission  has put in place various measures to facilitate Financial Technology (Fintech) that ensure the availability, affordability and accessibility of internet connections across Nigeria.

Prof Danbatta was speaking at the maiden edition of the Finance and Business Online Polishers (FiBOP) Association conference, with the theme:  ‘Harnessing Fintech for Economic Growth and Development’ held in Lagos recently.

The maiden edition of the Finance and Business Online Polishers (FiBOP) Association conference held on Tuesday September 2022, Ikeja, Lagos.

The NCC CEO who was represented by the Director, Digital Economy Department in the commission, Dr. Augustine Nwaulune, pointed out that the Backbone of FinTech and emerging technologies is hyper connectivity, which means growing interconnectedness of people, organizations, and machines that results from the internet, mobile technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“This is proof of the capabilities inherent in technological innovations, and the power of changing mindsets of telecoms and financial services users.

As the Telecommunications Sector Regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission has put in place various efforts to ensure the availability, affordability and accessibility of internet and broadband connections across Nigeria.” Prof Danbatta said.

According to him, the shift from paper and analogue to digital is the new normal, as a large percentage of financial services and payments are now powered and provided for through mobile phones and other mobile devices, thereby providing easy and seamless access to financial services.

“The Commission working alongside with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has provided USSD codes through which rural dwellers can seamlessly carry out financial services without access to a physical Bank. Fintech services can now be carried out on 2G phones.” He noted.

Prof Danbatta said Nigeria’s Fintech revenue has been projected to grow to $543.3million in 2022 from $153.1 million recorded in 2017.

In his words, “For millions of Nigerians, Fintechs have designed practical, convenient, and affordable financial products and services, setting the bar for innovation in product creation. In doing so, they have had a multiplier effect on the economy as a whole, opening up new business models outside of financial services, promoting the expansion of e-commerce, expanding the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent pipeline, and accelerating the nation’s development goals.

“Yet despite these impressive gains, the impact created by Fintech is still only a fraction of its potential. Notwithstanding, the positive gains and impact of fintech on financial inclusion, about 1.7 billion adults worldwide are not financially.

“About 56 million adult Nigerians fall into the categories of under-banked, unbanked, and financially excluded, compared to South Africa with 31% of financially excluded and Kenya 44% among others.

“Nigeria still faces a significant financial-inclusion challenge, with more than 40 per cent of the country’s population of around 200 million people without a bank account,” he added.

In his earlier welcome and opening remarks by Mr Charles Onwuatogwu, the president, Finance and Business Online Publishers Association ( FIBOP), said it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this annual conference by the FIBOP which incidentally is our maiden edition with theme Harnessing Fintech for Economic Growth and Development.
 According to him was borne out of deep retrospective thinking but the association and it is aimed at helping to address the challenges associated with. Increasing deployment of Fintech for financial services solutions.
Onwuatogwu further noted that The lecture focuses on mitigating the risk factors associated with deployment and use of Fintech as a financial services delivery tool.
The FIBOP president also stated that the conference is further geared towards ensuring a cross-fertilization of ideas on the forward for Fintech in Nigeria in order to effectively galvanize operators and beneficiaries with a view to harnessing its benefits for the growth and development of the economy.
FIBOP as a way of contributing it’s quota to the growth and development of the economy via creating awareness of plausible value of Fintech in all facet of the domestic economy choose to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and proffer sulotions to some germane concerns that may inhibit it’s wholesome acceptability, the FIBOP president say.

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