The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria to use Nigeria Central Bank Digital Currency CBDC eNaira for registration payment of its 2023 UTME exams.
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CBN also said the development would eliminate extortion of candidates.
Rakiya Mohammed, the CBN Director of IT, Architecture, and Strategy, who was represented by Abdul Shedrack, made this known while speaking with the board and its financial partners.
Muhammed noted that this would also help to reduce the overall indirect cost of cash transactions on the broader community while blocking leakages in the board’s transactions.
She added that this would also help to promote the digitization of cash and facilitate the development of e-commerce as well as support and promote the implementation of government policies.
e-naira seamless. Muhammed also said that the e-naira is the digital version of the naira currency as it has equal value and is backed by law. On this basis, he said that it would function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment which is seamless and fortified against any form of abuse.
The CBN, therefore, urged applicants to download and install the eWallet from its website or via Google Play Store or Apple’s IOS Store.
In 2021, Nigeria became the first African country to introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by launching the eNaira. Over a year after, the adoption of digital currency is still very slow, even though the Central Bank of Nigeria believes it has recorded significant success with the currency.