(Last Updated On: 2016-12-24)
Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has has identified awareness as a major stride in curbing the incessant case of electronic fraud in the country.
The Director, Banking and Payment System, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun stated this at the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) Annual Dinner and Awards which held in Lagos.
According to him, “an effective fight against fraud is not without robust awareness program; not only for members of the public, but also for staff of organizations that operate within the Payment Space.
Fatokun who is also the NeFF Chairman, stressed the importance of starting the awareness program in 2017, “as this would help the industry reduce cost of fraud through increased vigilance and detection abilities.”
However, Skye Bank Plc. emerged “The Most Committed Watch Listing Bank in Nigeria” out of four corporate awards that were up for grabs at the NeFF Annual.
He said the bank bagged the award after an industry-wide survey administered by CBN in conjunction with NIBBS.
The prestigious award, which is in recognition of efforts of the Banking industry in the fight against electronic fraud is presented to the institution “with the most efficient and robust system for tracking all forms of electronic fraud and arresting perpetrators for prosecution.”
He said the challenge of securing the Nigerian Payments System will always be a daunting task as with the ease of payment, comes greater adoption, and with increased adoption, the lure of cybercriminals who seek to convert either digital asset or resources or both to their own, becomes even greater.
On the credibility of the process that led to the emergence of Skye Bank as the winner of the award, Fatokun stated that, “the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with NIBBS carried out a survey to rate the performance of all Banks in the fight against electronic fraud.
According to him, most Banks, in their response, acknowledged Skye Bank as the most committed bank when it comes to tracking fraud and arresting perpetrators”.
Skye Bank runs its core banking ICT applications on one of the most advanced, and highly secured and scalable technology software, adjudged by cyber practitioners as consistent with what obtains with other financial giants in most advanced economies of the world.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Bank, the Executive Director, Lagos Commercial Banking Directorate, Mrs. Markie Idowu, thanked the organizers of the award and used the opportunity to canvass for collaboration amongst stakeholders.
She said collaboration remains the only way to effectively tackle the spate of electronic fraud in the industry.
The NeFF is a platform where financial services stakeholders – banks and other organizations within the financial and payment systems – meet on a quarterly basis to deliberate on issues of electronic fraud and its prevention.
The other NeFF awards are: the best fraud desk personality of the year; the most responsive fraud desk and the overall best fraud desk.