Keystone Bank Limited, one of the nation’s banking services provider, has launched ‘KeyServ’, an Agency Banking Proposition, to serve customers outside its conventional brick & Mortar mode of banking.
The initiative in partnership with Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and i-One, a fintech company, is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) Financial System Strategy (FSS2020) goals to increase financial inclusion in the country.
Commenting on the initiative, the bank’s Group Managing Director, Mr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, said: “Enabling financial inclusion is our core area of focus and we have partnered with other industry players to deploy Digital Financial Solutions/ Platforms for improved access to finance; leveraging data to improve the product offerings, personalised & predictive customer service, and uncovering new customer segments”.
“The recent reports on adult Nigerians, according to EFInA, that are financially excluded is 40.1million (41.6% of 96.4million adults). To this end, we are partnering with NIPOST and i-OneC to offer financial inclusion services to under-banked Nigerians especially in the rural and less urban areas.”
Under this partnership, KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) offers services such as Account Opening, Bills Payment, Cash-In, Cash-Out, ATM Services, Fund Transfers, Balance Enquiries, ATM cash withdrawals, Mini Statements and a whole lot more.
“One landmark feature of KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) is that it offers affordable access to financial services than the traditional banking methods”, Ohiwerei stressed.
Also, speaking at the launch, the bank’s Executive Director, Corporate Banking & South, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusanya, pointed out that “with this scheme, customers, especially in the rural areas will enjoy unfettered access to banking services.
“As at today, we have about 106 approved agents across the country and already, the services are available at Sabongida-Ora (Evbiobe)-Edo State, Sabon Gari (Kano), Mirinjibi (Kaduna), Barnawa (Kaduna), Yaba (Lagos) and Ikoyi (Lagos).
“It’s simply convenient, affordable and several NIPOST locations nationwide have been earmarked to feature actively in this initiative. Nigerians now have the opportunity to take full advantage of this partnership to enjoy the bouquet of financial services across the country”, Odusanya added.