OPay, a provider of payment, ride-hailing, food delivery and loan services, has been given approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to start international money transfer.
With this approval, OPay will start facilitating remittance B2B, B2P and P2P remittance services into Nigeria.
This follows the earlier announcement of $50 million fundraised from major venture capitalist some months ago.
â€œThe plan is to distort the remittance space and ensure that international money transfer into Nigeria is safer, faster and more affordableâ€ according to Kunle Olamuyiwa, Director, Remittances Services at OPay.
With OPayâ€™s infrastructure in Nigeria, it will be easier and faster for global remittance companies to partner with OPay to help their customers to receive money from their business partners, customers and loved ones directly into their OPay wallet and any bank account or mobile wallet in Nigeria.
In addition, recipients can cash out their funds from their OPay wallets at any of the over 100,000 OPay mobile money agents in Nigeria.
â€œWe are already working with major global remittance companies around the world and will start facilitating remittances to Nigeria with these partners, ensuring the best fees and exchange rates, speed and security.
â€œThere is a plan to commence a big-bang promo in December with lots of prices for recipients of money transfer who receive their money directly into their OPay wallets.
“I can only advise everyone who has families around the world to get an OPay Wallet. They will get better value for these funds doing transfers to any bank, paying their bills, buying food and also using our on-demand transport services i.e. Oride, OBus and Otrike.
“And on top of all, they can channel unused funds to OWealth and earn interest on it daily. It is, indeed, better times for recipients of international money transfers in Nigeria,â€ he said.