Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a crucial role in reducing fraud and developing better products in the Nigerian Fintech sector.
Oluseye Olusoga, Group Managing Director of Parthian Partners, the parent company of leading Fintech, i-invest, who shared this insight during the Nigeria Fintech Forum held in Lagos at the weekend, stressed that AI can analyse behavioural patterns and detect anomalies, thus improving fraud detection. He added that the more AI is trained with digital footprints, the better it can design customised products for customers.
He opined that the future of the Nigerian Fintech industry relies on effective policymaking, collaboration, and embracing AI-driven innovations to foster financial inclusion and growth in the sector.
Participating in a panel session themed “Nigerian Fintech So Far; Assessing Trends, Opportunities & Obstacles,” Olusoga emphasised that financial inclusion and Fintech growth in Nigeria have been greatly influenced by three factors: mobile phones, data, and BVN.
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He said, “BVN literally transformed the Fintech sector; from the KYC perspective to fraud prevention techniques. A lot of Fintechs can only do what they do today because of the existence of BVN. However, the same BVN has become the cause of a lot of Fintech’s headaches on the flipside. For instance, overnight, NIBSS came up with a new policy that says everyone must have this thing called ‘free.’ While it could be argued that it is in line with data protection practices, it could potentially become a nightmare for Fintechs, depending on how it is implemented.”
Olusoga stressed the importance of including Fintech practitioners in regulatory discussions before policies are changed to shape the landscape and promote financial inclusion. He cited practical examples where BVN could play a significant role in tracking digital footprints for online purchases and payments made through Fintech apps as well as using them to determine if individuals are paying appropriate taxes.
Addressing the issue of the National Identification Number (NIN), he believes that BVN already solves the same problem, and efforts should be coordinated to avoid duplicating resources. “Since NIN was implemented after BVN and BVN seems to be working just fine, we should not waste resources trying to create something that already exists,” Olusoga said.
Other speakers at the Nigeria Fintech Forum event included Professor Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean of Lagos Business School; Kayode Odetola, CEO of aYo Nigeria; Oladipo Alabede, CEO of Clane; Akeem Lawal, MD of Payment Processing & Switching at Interswitch, among others.