By Princewill Ekwujuru
eTranzact is set to deepen financial inclusion by expanding its PocketMoni service with 10,000 active mobile money agents, through the CBN-funded Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility, SANEF, initiative.
The SANEF initiative is an effort by the apex bank to spur quick growth in the level of financial inclusion through availability of financial access points, especially in the Northern part of the country.
This is also intended to drive the Federal Government’s Social Investment Program, SIP, which relies on improved banking agent network coverage points.
To ensure effective results, eTranzact was certified as one of the 10 mobile money operators and super agents to roll-out 500,000 agent locations within the next 24 months.
eTranzact has recorded success in its PocketMoni mobile money service which has empowered over 9,000 agents and two million end-users with ready access to financial services, is well positioned to deliver on its new SANEF mandate.
According to Mr. Niyi Toluwalope, Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, eTranzact: “As a global leader in the electronic and mobile payment industry, we are well-positioned to deliver and attain the goals set by the CBN for this project.”
He stated that, “Over the next 23 months, eTranzact plans to leverage its mobile financial services business to deliver an additional one million active end-users, by deploying its innovative distribution capabilities anchored on its active agents.”
Under the SANEF initiative, eTranzact will deliver 10,000 new agents in the first phase. At a conservative ratio of one agent to 50 end users, these 10,000 agents are expected to enable financial services for 500,000 unbanked/underserved individuals.