The global remittance platform under Zepz expands Nigerian payout options to include Naira currency
LONDON, July 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, WorldRemit, the global remittance platform within Zepz, announces Naira currency remittances as an expanded offering for Nigerian customers, available through bank transfer, airtime top up and at all cash pick-up locations throughout the country.
More than US$20 billion dollars was remitted into Nigeria last year by the nearly 1.5 million Nigerian migrants around the world, making the nation the 8th largest remittance receiving country globally. Remittances account for more than 4% of Nigeria’s total economy, making the swift, effective delivery of funds vital at an individual level, but also as a driver of economic stability for the nation.
With the ability to send funds in Naira, Nigerians are now able to make a greater impact with their monies, and take advantage of lucrative exchange rates into the nation. We know that 1 in 9 people worldwide rely on money sent from friends and relatives who have migrated abroad for work. This allows migrants to make a world of difference with their regular remittance behaviours, and allow the recipients to do more with their received monies.
The International Monetary Fund has issued warnings to Nigeria against the movement towards dollarisation, as it has increased black market money movement, destabilised the role of the exchange rate, and created unrest for those who rely on remittances. With the newly appointed Central Bank of Nigeria governor’s shift towards creating a safer path for Naira currency, Nigerians are able to feel safer about how they move money to their loved ones.
“With every innovation and feature we develop and invest in, customer needs are at the forefront of our minds,” said Mark Lenhard, CEO, Zepz. “Enabling Naira currency for this expansive community is a necessary and obvious choice to ensure Nigerians around the world are able to access reliable, safe methods of money movement.”
To send money in Naira, WorldRemit users simply select ‘Nigeria NGN’ and then have the option to select Cash Pick-Up for the receive method. In most cases, transfers sent using WorldRemit arrive within minutes, making sending money to loved ones easier than ever.
To learn more about sending Naira, visit worldremit.com.
We are a leading global payments company and, along with Sendwave, part of Zepz, a group powering two global remittance brands.
We disrupted an industry previously dominated by offline legacy players by taking international money transfers online – making them safer, faster and lower cost. We currently operate in more than 5,000 money transfer corridors worldwide and as part of Zepz, are part of a 1,400 person global workforce.
Sending money with WorldRemit is 100% digital (cashless), increasing convenience and enhancing security. For those receiving money, we offer a wide range of options, including bank transfer, cash pickup, airtime top up and mobile money.
Backed by Accel, TCV and Leapfrog – WorldRemit’s headquarters are in London, United Kingdom, with regional offices in the United States, Poland, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa, Somaliland, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Belgium.
Zepz Group is the group powering leading global remittance brands: WorldRemit and Sendwave. Since 2021, Zepz Group has been disrupting an industry previously dominated by offline legacy players by reducing the barriers to finance and increasing safety and convenience for users. Every day, Zepz Group and its brands work towards unlocking the prosperity of cross-border communities through finance and technology – driven by the vision of a world that celebrates migrants’ impact on prosperity, at home and abroad.
Zepz Group brands have helped cross-border communities send over $15bn from 50 countries, to recipients in 130 countries in 2022, and operate over 5,000 money transfer corridors worldwide. Zepz Group employs over 1,400 people globally as a remote-first employer, with team members located across six continents.