In an attempt to remove the bottlenecks, associated with the manual process of payment on land use and amenities charges, the Ogun State Government has organised a one-day training for Banks Tellers, to make payment convenient and efficient for members of the public.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo in his opening remark at the workshop, held at the Land Use Building, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, said the training was in fulfilment of the implementation of the Land Use and Amenities Bill that had been passed into law since 2013.
‘’As you are aware, the success of any financial inclusion policy or tool depends largely on the presence of a reliable, efficient, and safe payment system. With the advancement of technology, the electronic payment system possesses distinct advantages over the traditional paper-based system.
In line with international best practices, the State Governor has approved the commencement of the e-bill payment, in respect of the Ogun Land Use and Amenities Charge, with effect from Monday, June 11, 2018, so as to make the payment more efficient, convenient, safer and transparent’’, he said.
Mr. Oshinowo, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Dada, said the training had become necessary to ensure a hitch-free migration from existing manual process to e-bills payment platform, for more efficiency and reconciliation.
The Representative of Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, Mrs. Abimbola Odedeyi, revealed that, though the electronic platform was already in place, yet the training was to formalise the process and rub minds with Banks Tellers on the technicalities of the platforms and its usage, as well as to address the challenges that may arise with the migration.
She noted that the e–bill payment platform provides an instant payment service, whereby every payment is credited to the Ogun State Land Use Charge Account instantly, via the NIBSS payment platform, adding that apart from paying through the designated banks, payers could use internet-banking or USSD platforms of their respective banks at the comfort of their homes.
Speaking on behalf of other Bank Tellers, Mr. Felix Onyemelukwe said the banks are familiar with e-bill platform, adding that, there was need to immediately mandate bank tellers to migrate to the new platform, expressing optimism that the migration would be a smooth drive.
The training which was facilitated in conjunction with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, would also afford Land use charge payees access to their payment histories, while payment could also be made from the comfort of their homes.