A year after launching its agent credit program, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said it had distributed N100 billion to its 114,000 Firstmone agents in the country’s 772 local government zones.
According to the bank, its network of banking agents is part of its drive to increase the level of financial inclusion in the country while creating jobs and empowering its customers.
A statement from the bank explained that the Agent Credit Program was created by First Bank to promote and expand the business activities of its main agent banking platform, Firstmonie Agents, while giving them the advantage. to have a positive impact on their immediate environment.
The Firstmonie agent network, which is one of the bank’s many initiatives to expand financial access in the country, has helped bridge the financial exclusion gap, providing convenient and easily accessible banking services, thereby enabling save travel time and expense for people living in suburbs and remote areas. environments that do not have access to financial services.
Reiterating First Bank’s role in deepening financial inclusion in the country, Group Director, Bank’s e-commerce and retail products, Chuma Ezirim, said: Nationally. Since the introduction of agent credit to support our “human vending machines,” as we affectionately call our Firstmonie agents, they have experienced immense growth in their business, to levels they never envisioned in such short time. of time.
“Our primary goal is to continue to provide financial services to underserved and unbanked populations, using modern technology for real-time transaction processing, and in so doing, contribute to capacity building and learning from new information technology, cash management and relationship management skills for our FirstMonie agents.
“We encourage our Firstmonie agents to continue to be exemplary in setting the tone for promoting financial inclusion as we collectively work for the continued growth and development of the national economy. “