Getting Identity Management In Order Is Crucial To Achieving Financial Inclusion In Nigeria – Adekunbi Ademiluyi 🎊 The Scoper Media

Adekunbi Ademiluyi, Managing Director of HumanManager Ltd, a leading provider of Human Resources Management solutions in Nigeria, stressed the imperative need for a well-defined Individual Identity Management System to achieve financial inclusion during the inaugural Nigeria Fintech and Financial Inclusion Roundtable.Β 

This pivotal event, held recently in Lagos, Nigeria, brought together a panel of esteemed experts to deliberate on the future of fintech and financial inclusion in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s progress towards achieving financial inclusion has been marked by significant strides, yet the country still falls short of its ambitious goal of getting 95% of its population fully banked by 2024. 

According to EFInA, a UK government-backed firm dedicated to deepening financial inclusion in Nigeria, the percentage of adult Nigerians with formal financial services – including bank accounts, insurance, and mobile money – rose to 64% in 2023 from 56% in 2020. However, only 52% of Nigerians have a bank account, and widespread poverty in Africa’s most populous country continues to hinder more comprehensive adoption.

Against this backdrop, the inaugural Nigeria Fintech and Financial Inclusion Roundtable was convened to explore innovative solutions and strategies for advancing financial inclusion in Nigeria.

The event featured different Keynote speakers and panellists including Adekunbi Ademiluyi, Managing Director of HumanManager Ltd.; Dr Agada Apochi, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Unified Payment Services Limited; Mrs Joy Utubo, Head of Group Communications, Security Exchange Commission; and Alhaji (Dr) Umaru Kwairanga, Group Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group.

During the event, Ademiluyi underscored the significance of identity in achieving financial inclusion, stating, “Financial inclusion begins with identity. Once an individual’s identity is established, a financial account can be opened in their name. When individuals are integrated into an identity management system through fintech, their money can be securely circulated within the system, promoting greater financial inclusion and access.”

Ademiluyi further emphasised the need for collaboration between banks and fintechs, rather than competition, saying, “Initially, banks attempted to compete with fintechs, but they have since realised that collaboration is the way forward. By working together, fintechs can continue to reach out to individuals and facilitate account openings.”

In his Keynote address, Dr. Agada Apochi stated that financial inclusion is closely knitted with economic status and only those who are economically empowered can be financially included. “We cannot sustain the impact of financial inclusion without prioritising economic inclusion. Beyond achieving individual or organisational economic growth, we can lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty by including them economically and financially” he said.

The HumanManager Managing Director also described how, as an organisation, they play a major part in improving the welfare of people and their financial empowerment. “We offer freemium products on our apps that individuals can benefit from and learn to improve their welfare.”

The inaugural Nigeria Fintech and Financial Inclusion Roundtable, convened by Prince Cookey, publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Business Journal Media Group, proved to be a resounding success, fostering a collaborative environment where industry experts and stakeholders engaged in constructive dialogue and explored innovative strategies to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria. 

As the country continues on its journey towards achieving comprehensive financial inclusion, the insights and recommendations gleaned from this pivotal event will undoubtedly catalyse positive change, ultimately empowering millions of Nigerians to access financial services and participate fully in the nation’s economic growth.

About HumanManager Limited

HumanManager Limited is Africa’s foremost provider of innovative human resources management solutions, catering to progressive and dynamic organisations. Through innovative and adaptable solutions, Payroll, HR, e-Payment and Remittances of statutory payroll-related deductions and an array of other Financial Services through reputable Financial Institutions, HumanManager Limited empowers forward-thinking organisations and its employees to achieve their strategic objectives and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever-evolving business environment. HumanManager Limited is a member of the SystemSpecs Group.

L-R: Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Unified Payment Services Limited, Dr Agada Apochi; Managing Director, HumanManager Limited, Mrs. Adekunbi Ademiluyi; Group Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Kwairanga; Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Business Journal Media Group, Prince Cookey; and Head of Group Communications, Security Exchange Commission, Mrs Joy Utubor at the Nigerian Fintech and Financial Inclusion Roundtable held recently in Lagos.