The Director of Information Technology at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Rakiyat Mohammed, has said that about 36 million Nigerians currently have zero access to financial services.
Mohammed, who spearheaded the development and deployment of the eNaira, stated this on Tuesday during the Zenith Bank Tech Fair which was held in Lagos.
Delivering her presentation at the fair which is themed “Future forward,” she said CBN is the first Central Bank in Africa and second in the world to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency.
According to her, the development of the CBDC was borne out of the urgent need to provide “financial inclusion to the 36m Nigerians who currently lack access to financial services.”
She said, “Nigeria has the 6th most advanced retail payment system. This was according to a report by ACI. So, if you look at that report you will see why.
Remember, when the president launched eNaira, he did say in the next ten years, we expected eNaira and its associated technologies to increase our GDP by $20bn. We are working on that.”
She further stated that in the light of emerging trends, it became pertinent to develop a currency that is a legal tender that will be able to play in the digital economy space.