CBN Issues New Rules on ATM Usage in Nigeria

Godwin-Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued new rules concerning Automated Teller Machine operations in Nigeria.

According to the new rules, banks are to ensure to resolve all Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cardholders’ complaints within a maximum of 72 hours from the date of receipt the complaints or face sanctions.

The CBN also directed banks or independent organizations that deploy ATM for the use of the public to ensure that the ATM vault replenishment must be carried out as often as possible to avoid cash-out.

They are also to ensure that ATMs are not stocked with unfit notes and that cash is available in the machines at all time.

The CBN also warned that the ATM downtime (due to technical fault) must not be more than seventy-two (72) hours consecutively.

It added however, that where this is not practicable, customers shall be duly informed by the deployer.

They are also to ensure that the helpdesk contacts are adequately displayed at the ATM terminals.

It warned that at the minimum, a telephone line should be dedicated for fault reporting and such telephone line shall be functional and manned at all times that the ATM is operational.

Also, all ATM charges must be fully disclosed to customers, the CBN insists in the new rules.

The apex bank said that there must be appropriate monitoring mechanism to determine failure to dispense cash; and that there is online monitoring mechanism to determine ATM vault cash levels.

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