Ecobank launches smart SME campaign to drive financial inclusion, empower 100,000 Nigerians

Ecobank Nigeria has launched a Smart Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Agency Banking campaign, targeted at empowering 100,000 entrepreneurs under the Ecobank SME and Agency Banking proposition.

Head of SME, Ecobank Nigeria, Emeka Agada, said the initiative it to continue with the bank’s commitment to supporting the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria’s vision for financial inclusion across the country.

Agada said aside improving financial inclusion, the campaign also aims to create self-employment for new entrepreneurs and help diversify income streams of existing small businesses across Nigeria.

“This laudable initiative is to empower small businesses and create new entrepreneurs. It is open to every honest and enterprising adult capable of using smart phones and/ or Point of Sale (PoS) Machines  as well as every small and medium enterprise subject to their meeting the terms and conditions as set out for Agents,” he said.

He further explained that an Xpresspoint agent could perform basic banking services such as account opening, deposit collection for Ecobank, interbank transfers to other banks, card and card-less withdrawals, bill payment, airtime top-up, remittance services amongst others. He added that agents will earn money through-fees and commission on all successful transactions done through the agency. Ecobank will also train the agents and provide branding materials for free.

In the same vein, Nike Kolawole, Head Ecobank Agency Network, lauded the Initiative saying that  Ecobank Agency proposition remains the best in the industry today she also encouraged small businesses to partner with the bank to drive financial inclusion and employment.

She further emphasized that “banking has greatly evolved and has become closer to the people. With the introduction of Agency banking, no one needs to visit a bank branch to carry out a transaction. With your phone, you can perform your own transaction or perform transactions for other people on behalf of the bank and earn commissions. I encourage the youth and owners of small businesses (men and women) to use this initiative to expand their revenue streams while offering this value-added service to customers”.


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