New Capital Base For Payment Firms Kicks In – CBN

News emanating from the head office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has it that the bank has set new capital requirements for payment firms in the country. The CBN disclosed the capital requirements in a circular on Monday titled ‘New license requirements for the payments system’.

The lender stated that to have a Payment Terminal Service Provider licence, a firm was required to have N100m shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses. It retained super agent’s licence at N50m; Switching and Processing firm’s licence at N2bn; Mobile Money Operator’s licence at N2bn; Payment Solution Services at N250m and Payment Solution Service Provider at N100m.

The CBN specified non-refundable application fee of N100,000 via the licensing fees. According to the capital requirements, the payment firms must have an escrow of refundable N2bn into CBN PSP share capital deposit account. It stated that the deposit for escrow must be in full (one lump sum) and must be made in the name of the company applying for licence (not an individual or related company). The CBN stated that escrowed funds were invested in treasury bills, subject to availability of treasury instruments, which would be refunded accordingly.

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