Thursday, August 14, 2014

CBN introduces N65 ATM withdrawals fee

The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that from 1st of September 2014, bank customers will begin to pay a token for cash withdrawals made on other banks' Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

It would be recalled that customers used to pay N100 if they used other banks' ATM, but this fee was cancelled by the CBN and Deposit Money Banks in December 2012.

The Central Bank say it agreed to re- introduce the charges which is N35 less than the former fee because the cost of transaction was becoming too burdensome for the banks to continue to bear.

According to the Director of Banking and Payment Systems Department of CBN, Dipo Fatokun the first three withdrawals on other banks' ATM will be free but it would become effective on the fourth withdrawal in a month.

Below is a statement posted on their official website:

"The CBN hereby issues the following directives: The re-introduction of 'Remote-on-us' ATM cash withdrawal transaction fee, which will now be N65 per transaction, to cover the remuneration of switches, ATM
monitoring and fit-notes processing by acquiring banks; the new charge shall apply as from the fourth 'Remote-on-us' withdrawal (in a month) by a cardholder, thereby making the first three 'Remote on us' transaction free for the cardholder, but to the paid by the issuing bank.

September 1, 2014 shall be the effective date for the implementation of the new charge; banks are expected to conduct adequate sensitisation to the customers on the introduction of the new fee; all ATM cash withdrawals on the ATM of issuing banks shall be at no cost to the cardholder."

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