Access Bank, MoneyGram launch outbound money transfer service

…As CBN raises transfer limit to $5,000

Access Bank, in part­nership with Money­Gram, has launched outbound money transfer service in Nigeria.

This partnership has trig­gered a new turn in Nigeria’s money transfer market and makes Access Bank one of the MoneyGram partners to offer such service.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has increased the maximum value for the recently intro­duced outbound international money transfer services from $2,000 per transaction to $5,000 per transaction.

The central bank disclosed this in a circular posted on its website entitled, “Guide­lines for the Operation of In­ternational Money Transfer Services (IMTS) in Nigeria: Review of Allowable Limit.”

The newly launched Mon­eyGram outbound money transfer service, marketed as Naija Sends, allows Nigerians to send naira abroad through any Access Bank branch and platform in Nigeria while the funds are received in the cur­rency of the receiving coun­try.

Speaking at the event, Vic­tor Etuokwu, its Head, Per­sonal Banking, said: “What we promise our customers is speed, service and security. This means that we would of­fer them this service in a man­ner that is expeditious, quick, with minimal but legal docu­mentation; the service would be prompt and done in an en­vironment that is secured. In other words, there would be no errors and there would be no fraud.”

He explained that, “there were some discussions around the limit, that it would be necessary to increase it so that those at the bottom of the pyramid who do this type of trans-border transactions would be able to see this as an enabler for their business. If you put the limit so low, you will cut off some micro entrepreneurs. So, it is a wel­come development that the regulator is sensitive to some ideas that would grow the economy.”

Also speaking at the event, Ola Isola, Head, Franchise Group, called on all Nigerians to see it as a platform to relate with loved ones and business partners across the world. “So, be it payment for a child in school, medical payment, business purchases across the world, this is a safe and secure platform. This is a platform the people within the bottom of the pyramid are conversant with. The charges are com­petitive when you compare them with the alternative plat­forms. But we have to always note service because service that is not paid for is not sus­tainable.”

Commenting on the launch, MoneyGram Region­al Manager for Anglophone West Africa, Mrs. Kemi Okusanya, said the launch of Naija Sends has further deepened the brand’s reach and service in Nigeria. In her remarks, she noted: “Over the last two decades MoneyGram has facilitated over 15 mil­lion transactions in Nigeria, enabling safe, convenient and reliable transfer of funds from Nigerians in Diaspora to their loved ones.

As Africa’s largest econ­omy with over 10 million migrants, we are glad we are able to offer this service in Ni­geria today.”

Source : SunOnline

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