Assessment Of The Implication Of Electronic Banking In Nigeria Banks
Electronic banking in Nigeria has overtime been viewed by many especially economists as having a lot of implications on the economy of Nigeria and especially the banking sector. Electronic banking has been playing a major role in the economy of Nigeria. This research was carried out in Access bank, Enugu metropolis at Okpara Avenue (Enugu main branch). A population of one hundred (100) was targeted and studied in this research. The result showed that the use of computer technology in service rendition in the banking industry remains indispensable, from the responses obtained from bank official, more than 90 percent of Nigeria banks make use of information technology in offering payment services. The researcher further recommended that the government should endeavor to provide 24 hours uninterrupted power supply because without electricity these products cannot be boosted and effective.
1.1 Background of the Study
Before the emergence of modern banking system, banking operation was manually done which lead to a slow down in settlement of transactions. This manual system involves posting transactions from one ledger to another which human handles. Figures or counting of money which should be done through computers or electronic machine were computed and counted manually which were not 100% accurate thereby resulting to human errors. Most bank then use only one computer in carrying out transactions which ameliorate the sluggish nature of banking transaction.
Nigeria do not embrace electronic banking early compared to developed countries. Nigeria adopted electronic banking system in the early 2000s. During the introduction of electronic banking system, the use of raw cash was said to have bred corruption through the “cash and carry syndrome” usually linked with the swift movement of Ghana-must go” bags by some politicians. Such bags as some analyst say, are a major source of corrupt practices as dubious persons seeks to bribe their way to avoid been checked in some sensitive areas or places in a corrupt society.
Since electronic banking started in all Nigeria banks, it has been a woe for civil servants; checks show that some staff in establishments such as the national boundary commission for instance, are yet to receive their salaries for the previous months as efforts to electrically transfer salaries into their account have failed according to Ibrahim, D. (2009).
“One bank will tell you it has transferred your salaries but the supposed recipient bank will tell you it has not received anything leaving you even more confused”, says John, I. (2009). Olekah, J. (2009) while acknowledging the initial hiccups that dogged the system, advises stakeholders against being discouraged as such “teething problems” are normal.
James, A. (2009) a banker reported to vanguard annual report that “we should not destroy electronic-banking by looking at the negative aspects, we must strive towards perfecting it”. James, A. (2009) also says that the volume of data generated by the Government ministry Agencies is much making it a bit difficult for banks to cope, Mathew S. (2009) a worker says in his report to vanguard annual report on banks and cards that government should have done its home work “very well” before introducing the system, “they plugged us into a system they were not prepared for and the result is untold hardship visited on innocent people”.
At this juncture, is good to know what e-banking is all about. According to Anyawaokoro, M. (1999). Electronic banking is defined as the application of computer technology to banking especially the payment (deposit transfer) aspects of banking. He also defined electronic banking as a system of banking with an electronic communication network which permits on-line processing of the same day credit and debit transfers of funds between member institutions of a clearing system.
According to Clive, W. (2007) in his Academic dictionary of banking, electronic banking is defined as a form of banking in which funds are transferred through an exchange of electronic signals between financial institutions, rather than an exchange of cash, cheques or other negotiable instruments.
According to Omotayo, G. (2007) defines electronic banking as a system in which funds are moved between different accounts using computerized on line/real time systems without the use of written cheques.
According to Edit, O. (2008) in international Journal of investment and finance, electronic banking is defined as a system by which transactions are settled electronically with the use of electronic gadgets such as ATMs, POS terminals, GSM phones, and V-cards e.t.c. handled by e-holders, bank customers, and stake holders.
1.2 Statement of Problems
As earlier pointed out, there is delay in payment of cheques which lead to the adoption of electronic banking system. Adoption of electronic banking which suppose to ease banking transactions rather resulted to woes to customer. Most people complain of time wasted in banks. This occurs when there is power failure in banks resulting to slow down in operation.
Another problem that emerged was that banks do not have information backup to fall back on should there be any computer break down.
In investing in electronic banking, the country will need a large amount of financial resources in computer technology, obviously, the resource is in short supply in Nigeria, couple with high level of poverty. For an efficient functioning of electronic payment system, there must be availability of infrastructural facilities such as electricity and telecommunication network, however, power supply fluctuates and there is still constant failure links in networks.
Since early 2000s banks have been developing and introducing payment cards for their customers as well as deploy ATM’s cards. Usage was however low due to lack of interconnectivity i.e. switching platform to interconnect the ATM’s for card holders.
1.3 Objectives of the Study
This research work intends to assess the extent of electronic payment in banking activities as well as identify the various types of electronic banking.
The researcher will also evaluate the major problems associated with the development of electronic banking system in Nigeria as well as evaluate possible solutions to these problems.
The following are the specific objectives of the study
- To examine the various types of electronic payment and the extent of electronic payment in banking activities.
- To estimate the extent in which e-banking improve or enhance banking services?
- To assess the major problems associated with the development of electronic banking system in Nigerian.
- To provide solutions to the problems associated with the development of e-banking.
1.4 Research Question
In order to get information from respondents the following questions where formulated:
- What are the various types of electronic payment and the extent of electronic payment in banking activities?
- In what extent can e-banking improve or enhance banking services?
- What are the major problems associated with the development of electronic banking system in Nigerian?
- What are the solutions to the problems associated with the development of e-banking?
- What extent has e-payment affected banking activities?
The research shall attempt to find answers to these questions in the next chapter.
1.5 Significance of the Study
Electronic banking in our economy today is a welcome development and also its impacts in the society are over-whelming, so this research is significant in so many ways.
It will expose the strength and weakness of electronic banking.
It will motivate banks and other economic agents to computerize their services.
Knowledge in the area of electronic banking will be advanced.
Apart from contributing to the knowledge of electronic banking, it forms a reference for future research in this area.
1.6 Scope of Study
This research is on economic implication of electronic banking in Nigeria banks and also the various forms of payment and electronic systems used by banks. The researcher will base this work on the entire deposit money banks in Nigeria but to Access bank in particular.
1.7 Limitation of Study
Time is a major factor to the researcher as research of this kind requires enough time in gathering of data, but it was not given to carryout the research, distribution, collection and analysis of questionnaire.
Also the school system has made it difficult for student to go out in search for information by not granting exeat for student. Some banks hud information from students who desires such information in other to maintain the banks secrecy thereby making it difficult for students to gather information for their research.
Finally, finance was infact the most limited factor, in spite of this the researcher have to travel out to the sampled organization to interview some of the managers and supervisors.
1.8 Organization of Study
The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter one deals with the study’s introduction and gives a background to the study. Chapter two reviews related and relevant literature. The chapter three gives the research methodology while the chapter four gives the study’s analysis and interpretation of data. The study concludes with chapter five which deals on the summary, conclusion and recommendation.
Summary, Recommendation and Conclusion
5.1 Summary of Finding
The introduction of electronic banking in Nigeria has a strong influence on the development of the payment system in particular and the banking system in general. However, the introduction of the system, involves commitment of huge amount of financial resources on computer technology and telecommunication facilities, computer technology is a primary requirement for the proper functioning of the electronic monetary transfer system (EMTS)/electronic banking.
The use of computer in payment system would not reduce the importance of branch banking in Nigeria or reduce customer’s confidence on the banking industry, from responses obtained from staff of the bank studied; the introduction of electronic banking has rather increased customers loyalty to banks in general.
The major problems hindering the effective operation of electronic banking in Nigeria are infrastructural deficiencies such as erratic power supply, lack of government support and high charge on payment terminals (POS, ATMS) e.t.c. These problems are only peculiar to Nigeria as it is known that in developed countries issues like power failure or failure links are not in existence.
However, the introduction of electronic Banking System has also contributed significantly to bank income by way of fee or changes gotten from these services.
Uninterrupted Power Supply
The government should endeavor to provide 24 hours uninterrupted power supply because without electricity these products cannot be boosted and effective, but in this country there is erratic power supply, therefore all banking industry should have a standby generator incase of power failure, in other to cover the deficiency of power failure.
In smooth functioning of the payment system the government have the major role to play, in aspect of financing the payment system which require a lot of capital to maintain and also in the aspect of creating awareness the government should endeavor to inform the public about the benefits derived on the payment system.
Provision of skilled manpower and computer Wizard in operation of the payment system
Skilled manpower and computer wizard should be employed by every Bank, in other to stop, prevent fraudulent personal and hackers from manipulating the Banks data and stealing money from the Banks accounts.
Provision and maintenance of public network, system such as telephone (Nitel) the availability of these basic infrastructures is fundamental to the efficient functioning of the payments system.
Failure to maintain these infrastructures implies that the banks must be ready to provide their own communication networks and operate electronic generating sets to ensure reliable power supply.
Collaboration among banks: Electronic payment system as a result of its huge financial involvement requires that banks must jointly set and manage a network system such as ATMs v-cards etc. collaboration helps to spread and reduce the initial costs of setting up the electronic Banking system.
The Nigeria system is as old as the banking industry; this dynamism is manifested by the nature and quality of payment products paraded in the system. These products range from common paper money, cheque, cash to electronic payment Products such as Automated teller machine (ATM), SMARTCARD telephone Banking, internet Banking etc with the introduction of these electronic payments products, it is expected that the volume and cost of processing cheque will be drastically reduced or eliminated.
The C.B.N other financial authorities and banks have a role to play in enhancing the system through effective banking and momentary policies, efficiency and stability are also ensured and promoted. Furthermore, to sustain the electronic payment system, certain strategic measures must be taken to reduce negative effects of the problems identified as obstacles to the smooth functioning of the system.
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