Due to their inability to meet up with their statutory obligations and conditions, wherein they were granted licences to operate, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the licenses of seven payment service providers and one switch service provider.
The seven affected payment service providers (PSPs) whose licenses were revoked as contained in Schedule I of an official Gazette signed by CBN Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele and released on the apex bank’s website are Easifuel Limited, Transaction Processing System (TPS), Grand Towers Limited, Paymaster Limited, E-Revenue Gateway Limited, Eartholeum Network Limited and Globasure Limited.
Although the statutory obligations that the affected firms failed to fulfil were not mentioned, but the recent revocation might be connected to CBN’s renewed drive to strengthen and ensure a credible payment system in Nigeria amidst the new wave of Fintechs in the country offering varying but often nuanced services.
The affected payment service provider will for a period of six months consecutively, cease to carry on in Nigeria, the type of business for which their licenses were granted.
According to the Gazette, the affected institutions are categorised into two schedules, with the first comprising of the seven PSPs whose licenses were revoked, while the other comprised of a PSP whose Switch license was revoked.
As contained in Schedule II, the sole payment service provider whose switch license was revoked is 3Line Card Management Limited. The affected firms are not barred from conducting businesses in Nigeria, however, their licenses to operate in their previous capacities as PSPs and Switch operator is what is revoked for the time being.
The apex bank had earlier stated that the minimum capital requirements to operate in Payment Service Providing and Switching/Processing capacities are N100 million and N2 billion respectively.