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NIBSS Orders Banks to Remove Paystack, Others from Funds Transfer Channel

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) have been directed by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc to yank off all financial institutions not licenced to hold customers’ funds from their NIBSS Instant Payment (NIP) outwards platforms.

In a circular dated December 5, 2023, the agency said allowing these firms, which obtained licenses to operate as Payment Solution Service Providers (PSSPs), Switching Companies, Super Agents and others from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to collect funds from customers was in contravention of the law.

NIBSS said only commercial banks and others authorised by the central bank to receive inflows from customers are allowed to offer such service, as the PSSPs, Switching firms and Super Agents cannot process such functions.

“This is to bring to your attention that listing non-deposit-taking financial institutions such as Switching Companies, Payment Solution Service Providers, and Super Agents as beneficiary institutions on your NIP funds transfer channels contravenes the CBN Guidelines on Electronic Payment of Salaries, Pensions, Suppliers, and Taxes in Nigeria dated February 2014.

“This is to bring to your attention that listing non-deposit-taking financial institutions such as Switching Companies, Payment Solution Service Providers, and Super Agents as beneficiary institutions on your NIP funds transfer channels contravenes the CBN Guidelines on Electronic Payment of Salaries, Pensions, Suppliers, and Taxes in Nigeria dated February 2014.

“For clarity, Switches, PSSPs and SAs may process outward transfers as inflows to banks but are not to receive inflows as their licenses do not permit them to hold customers’ funds.

“Another regulatory advice in this regard is the circular with the caption ‘Permissible Services and Products of PSSP Operation in Nigeria’, Ref: BPD/DIR/GEN/CIR/05/004 dated May 11, 2018.

Consequent on the above, kindly delist all Switches, PSSPs, and SAs from your NIP Outward Transfer channels only (not inwards),” the circular from the NIBSS said.

This new directive will affect financial technology companies like Flutterwave, Paystack, and others which obtained licences to operate as PSSPs, to serve purely as a payment gateway. This means users of Paystack and others cannot have funds deposited into their accounts. as they cannot receive money from anyone.

However, this will not affect Mobile Money Operators (MMOs) like Opay, PalmPay, Smartcash, MoniePoint, MoMo and others, which can keep the funds of customers.

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Wisdom Nwedene studied English Language at Ebonyi State University. He is a writer, an editor and has equally interviewed many top Nigerian Politicians and celebrities. For publication of your articles, press statements, upload of biography, video content, contact him via email: nwedenewisdom@gmail.com

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