The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has presented new charges for clients utilizing the Unstructured Beneficial Help Information administrations.
The zenith bank said from Tuesday clients will pay a level expense of N6.98 per transaction each time they use USSD administrations.
The charges were part of the agreements after banks and telecommunication operators met on Monday to discuss the N42bn debt owed to mobile operators by banks.
A statement on Tuesday and jointly signed by the apex bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi; and Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, explained:-
“We are pleased to announce that after comprehensive deliberations on the key issues, a resolution framework acceptable to all parties was agreed thus:
“Effective March 16, 2021, USSD services for financial transactions conducted at DMBs (Deposit Money Banks) and all CBN-licensed institutions will be charged at a flat fee of N6.98 per transaction.
“This replaces the current per session billing structure, ensuring a much cheaper average cost for customers to enhance financial inclusion.
“This approach is transparent and will ensure the amount remains the same, regardless of the number of sessions per transaction.
“To promote transparency in its administration, the new USSD charges will be collected on behalf of MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) directly from customers’ bank accounts. Banks shall not impose additional charges on customers for us of the USSD channel.”
The Federal Government a week ago requested that media transmission administrators put on pause, their approaching suspension of USSD benefits over N42bn obligation owed by banks.