In a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos, NIBSS also announced it had begun collaboration with telecommunication firms to create a platform through which bank customers could confirm their registration status.
According to the statement, “Already, NIBSS has collaborated with one of the country’s telecoms service providers, Etisalat, to roll out the BVN Query Service. ”The service, unveiled at the NIBSS headquarters recently, is designed to help the banking Nigerian public query their BVN on-the-go via their mobile phones.”
NIBSS explained that the collaboration with the telcos was possible because of the extension of the BVN registration deadline from June 30 to October 31 nationwide.
The statement quoted the Managing Director of NIBSS, Ade Shonubi, as saying, ”The initiative is in response to growing public demand for confirmation of BVN status by those who have enrolled on the platform.”
Shonubi said that the BVN Query Service would boost such efforts like KYC for banks. Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr Francesco Angelone, said the partnership with NIBSS was in line with the telecom’s commitment to continue to create value for the consumers. Angelone said that the customers cut across all sectors, including the banking and telecoms industries.
“We are happy to be the first to offer this product among the operators because we believe that innovation is the way the telecoms industry must lead,” he said. He explained that Estisalat believed that offering value to the banking public was another way it could show the telecoms industry the way forward. Angelone said that the integration with the banking industry was a pillar for development.
He said, “Etisalat subscribers can check their BVN registration status and number by dialing a dedicated code for an instant response at a cost of N10 per query. ”The query service is based on instant-request-instant-response and aims at providing utility for those who have enrolled on the BVN platform of the CBN.”
The BVN is a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bankers’ Committee initiative aimed at ensuring that banks register all customers’ biometric data in furtherance of the Know Your Customer (KYC) policy.