Rob Shuter, the chief executive officer at MTN Group, says the group will acquire an independent banking licence in Nigeria by 2019.

Speaking at a telecoms conference in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday, the MTN CEO said it will put in an application in December and should launch the bank in second quarter 2019.

“We will be applying for a payment service banking licence in Nigeria in the next month or so,” Shuter said.

“And if all goes according to plan, we will also be launching mobile money in Nigeria probably around Q2 of 2019.”

The banking licence is for a Payment Service Bank (PSB), which is an offshoot of the initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to drive financial inclusion in the country.

 
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