26 July 2016
Find out more

Nigerian banks begin biometrics registration project

17 February 2014  |  5678 views  |  0 biometrics - finger print

Nigeria's banks have embarked on a massive biometrics project, registering the fingerprints and facial features of customers in a bid to fight fraud and money laundering.

Run by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers' Committee, the scheme will see commercial banks record the details of millions of people over the next few months.

The data will then be used to help identify customers at ATMs and the point-of-sale, reducing the opportunity for fraud.

The central bank also hopes that biometrics will help to move Nigeria away from a cash-based economy to a credit-based one by making it easier for lenders to identify borrowers.

Central Bank governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanus told All Africa that the system would also help spread financial services to remote, rural areas of the country and enable banks to cut costs by sharing physical infrastructure.

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board: sign up now

Related stories

Biometrics make headway at CES, Las Vegas

Biometrics make headway at CES, Las Vegas

09 January 2014  |  6728 views  |  1 comments | 10 tweets | 10 linkedin
Latin American governments tap biometrics for benefit payments

Latin American governments tap biometrics for benefit payments

24 October 2013  |  4140 views  |  0 comments | 4 linkedin
MasterCard joins Fido Alliance in bid to replace passwords with biometrics

MasterCard joins Fido Alliance in bid to replace passwords with biometrics

11 October 2013  |  15249 views  |  0 comments | 12 tweets | 14 linkedin
Nigeria to roll out multi-purpose national ID and payment cards

Nigeria to roll out multi-purpose national ID and payment cards

09 May 2013  |  8064 views  |  1 comments | 5 tweets | 3 linkedin
Nigeria sets cash withdrawal limits

Nigeria sets cash withdrawal limits

04 May 2011  |  7667 views  |  1 comments

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)
Visit www.abe-eba.euVisit VocaLink.comFind out more

Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
satelliteContactless Bitcoin startup Plutus Tap &am...
9208 views comments | 9 tweets | 4 linkedin
MasterCard agrees £700m VocaLink acquisitionMasterCard agrees £700m VocaLink acqu...
9201 views 14 comments | 32 tweets | 38 linkedin
Apps crush internet for UK banking loginsApps crush internet for UK banking logins
7700 views comments | 18 tweets | 25 linkedin
Thomson Reuters and Imperial College form fintech and regtech research partnershipThomson Reuters and Imperial College form...
5885 views comments | 29 tweets | 16 linkedin
hands typing furiouslyHow machine learning can cut costs on tran...
5880 views 0 | 9 tweets | 2 linkedin

Featured job


Brussels (Belgium) or Paris (France)

Find your next job