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POS Operators Protest N20,000 Cash Withdrawal Limit, Say 1.4 Million May Lose Jobs

Point of Sale ( POS) operators in Nigeria have protested the  cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ) that wants cash withdrawal limit of individuals per day to N20,000 and Corporate bodies N100, 000.

An umbrella body of the operators, Association of Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria ( AMMBAN), in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly over the planned policy, called for suspension of the policy to save 1.4 million bank agents from losing their means of livelihood.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja today, December 16, the National President of body, Victor Olojo, said that over 1.4 million people will lose their jobs if the policy is  not suspended or  reviewed upward, adding that the series of engagement with critical stakeholders would continue.

The petition, dated December 16, 2022, specifically requested an upward review of the maximum withdrawal limit to N500, 000 weekly for individuals and three million naira for corporate organisations.

Olojo said: “AMMBAN believes the cashless policy in its current state hasn’t provided for Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria adequately.

“Even as the CBN Governor made reference to the fact that Mobile Money and Bank Agents are spread across the country, which is one of the reasons why he strongly feels the country is ready for the cashless policy, the document puts the jobs of over 1.4 million agents on the line in its present state.

“This and many other germane reasons informed the decisions of the Association to engage the CBN, the National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders. This is to ensure that while we show support for the cashless policy of the government through the CBN, the policy should recognise the categorisation of Agents’ accounts as it does individuals and corporate entities.”

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The group said that it had interacted with the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance And Other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani, his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Victor Nwokolo, on the matter.

“They were all in agreement that owing to the high relevance Mobile Money and Bank Agents have in the successful implementation of the Cashless policy, there has to be Categorisation of the accounts to be able to serve the Nigeria people especially in areas where there are no banks or basic infrastructure to enhance the usage of alternative channels of transaction.

“It is worthy of note that AMMBAN and her members have always been at the forefront since the inception of the Financial Inclusion drive in ensuring the achievements of the set goals. It is strongly believed that no success story can be pointed to without the selfless efforts of agents who, against all odds, go to the creeks and hinterland in the drive to deepen financial inclusion goals as set by the CBN.”

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