Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says only 57.4 million out of over 200 million Nigerians have Bank Verification Number (BVN).
The apex bank partnered with the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), bankers committee and deposit money banks in February 2014 to launch the BVN project .
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed on Tuesday at the 34th seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors. held in Calabar.
Emefiele, who was represented by the Director Monetary Policy Department of the CBN, Dr. Hassan Mahmoud, said: “With a total enrolment of 57,431,355 as of 31st March 2023, the BVN is supporting the development of credit profiles for banking customers, which will assist in improving access to credit for credit-worthy borrowers by banks.”
He added that BVN has continued to feature in the bank’s Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements as part of plans to ease the constraint associated with poor identification of banking customers.
The CBN, he said, will “continue to support the aggressive enrolment of prospective banking customers in the informal sector onto the BVN system.”
Emefiele added that the Payments System Vision (PSV) 2025 was introduced “to expand payment options available to customers and strengthen regulation of the payments system.”
He noted that the apex bank uses the “payments system as a tool to achieve the financial inclusion goals of the country.”