Monday, September 13, 2021

CBN orders PSBs to separate transactions - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has instructed banks and Payment Service Providers (PSBs) to separate all transactions that would normally categorised as bulk payment upon transition, reports 

The Director, Payments System Management Department, Musa Jimoh, in a statement on CBN website, stated that the directive is in a bid to ensure transparency and clarity for auditing within the banking system.

The apex body directed banks and PSBs to comply with the directive and all other payment system regulations.

As said by him, “The Central Bank of Nigeria has noticed the inherent problems associated with the processing of bulk transfers by banks and payment service providers.

Currently, originating banks and PSPs pass a single debit entry through the initiating customers’ account and multiple credits to beneficiaries without adequate records of the credit entries in their system. This distorts the audit trail and hampers transparency.

“In order to address this challenge, the CBN hereby directs that all end-to-end bulk payments or transfers shall henceforth be processed on the platforms of banks or PSPs for their customers with a detailed breakdown of the accounts that receive the credits retained in the custody of the sender’s banks.”

The central Bank further reiterated that all banks and PSPs are required to ensure full compliance with the requirement and all other payment system regulations.

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