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We 'Re Committed to Driving Cashless Policy, Says EPPAN

July 24, 2014

Emma Okonji

The E-payment Providers Association of Nigeria (EPPAN) has said it would continue to create nationwide awareness on cashless policy, in order to bring its many benefits to the people of Nigeria.

EPPAN, one of the institutions charged with the responsibility to create awareness on cashless initiative by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), successfully hosted its 3rd Annual E-Payment for Government Summit in Abuja recently, with the theme 'Increasing Government Revenue Generation using E-Payment Services'.

Pleased with the success recorded in other sensitisation programmes on cashless carried out across the country, the Chief Executive Officer of EPPAN, Mrs. Regha Onajite, said the association has created immense impact on Nigerians with the cashless initiative drive.

The Abuja summit was sponsored by VISA Inc, ITEX Integrated Services, Etranzact Limited, CitiSERVE Limited and was supported by the Central Bank of Nigeria, NIMC, Federal Ministry of Communication of Technology and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBSS).

The summit which, brought together, top government officials and experts in electronic payment space, attracted over 200 senior government delegates and industry experts from over 50 organisations from the federal, state and local government offices.

Some of the organisations represented include NAPTIN; Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board; Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development; Department of State Service; Local Government Education Authority, Nasarawa; and High Court of Justice, Kogi State.

Others are Consumer Protection Council; NAFDAC; Kano State Pension Fund Trustees; Office of the Head of Service of the Federation; FERMA; National Productivity Centre; Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue; Local Government Service Commission, Abia State; Energy Commission of Nigeria; and Federal Inland Revenue Service, among others.

The interactive two days summit featured exciting and technical presentations from top industry players like Director-General of NIMC, Bar. Chris Onyemenam; Director of e-Government, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Dr. Tope Fashedemi; Head Program Management Office (FSS 2020), Jokosenumi Oluwatoyin; President E-PPAN and Managing Director Nextzon Business Services, Mr. Mac Atasie; and Director-General on ICT, Ekiti State, Oloniteru Toyin.

Others are Director Standards, Guidelines and Regulations of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Inye Kamabonta, Executive Director of eTranzact, Mr. Sullivan Akala among others.

The summit was designed to bringing together top decision makers in the public sector in order to facilitate dialogue with industry experts and learn how innovation and technology in electronic payment can be implemented.

One of the delegates from the Office of the Accountant General, Kano State, said: "The entire programme is educative and I am highly excited to be present. I want to thank E-PPAN, and its sponsors for organising the summit and also appeal for continuous training for public sector"

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Source: AllAfrica

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