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Digital payment users grow by 35 per cent – CBN

Oluwasina Phillip

The total population of Nigerians using digital payment rose by 35 per cent according to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Director, Monetary Policy Department, CBN, Dr Hassan Mahmud, said this in a presentation titled ‘Implications of trends in the digital financial ecosystem for monetary policy implementation’.

Mahmud, however, did not state the timeframe within which the growth occurred.

He said, “Nigeria recorded a high growth in digital financial channel utilisation, rising by approximately 35 per cent growth in the total population who carries out digital transactions.”

According to him, the growth in the use of other mobile platforms had been quite low.

While giving reasons on increase in current attention to digital payments, he said there was a potential of digital money replacing fiat currency as the predominant means of making retail payments.

Other reasons, he said, were the ability of digital currency to flow freely across international boundaries; fears that the emergence of digital money could distort money supply, alter foreign exchange rates, causing central banks to lose control over monetary aggregates, and the belief that the digital money ecosystem could improve the efficiency of monetary policy implementation among others.

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