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Etisalat says telecoms sector is critical to banking


Etisalat has restated its commitment to the Federal Government’s programme to ensure financial inclusion for all strata of the Nigerian population.

Adia Sowho, director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria, affirmed the company’s support while making a presentation entitled ‘A Telco’s Perspective on Financial Inclusion’, at the 10th yearly banking and finance conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), which held in Abuja.

The conference is the flagship event of the CIBN and provides stakeholders in the financial services sector a platform for knowledge sharing on contemporary issues affecting the sector and the economy as a whole.

Sowho said telecommunication companies in Nigeria have a lot to offer in helping the Nigerian government to achieve some of the set goals of the financial sector especially the attainment of the financial inclusion goals of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to her, Etisalat Nigeria in line with government’s objectives on financial inclusion has developed some innovative products such as Easy wallet and GTEasySavers Account, in partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank, as part of the company’s initiatives to drive the achievement of the financial inclusion goals.

“Etisalat plays a significant role with regards to financial inclusion because of our partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank on the GTEasySavers Account, which has been well embraced by Nigerians. At Etisalat, we are willing to partner with more financial institutions to reach out to the unbanked and under-banked population in Nigeria”, she disclosed.

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