This research work is an attempt to analyses and find out the “problem and prospects of electronic banking in Nigeria”. The research geared toward explaining what Electronic Banking is all about and when it was introduce into Nigeria. The research also explained the services and the features of electronic Banking in Nigeria. Though some of the information is between the bankers and their customers, the researcher was able to finally outline some of those problems and challenges associated with electronic banking, the information contained in this research will educate a lot of ignorant citizens, concerning how they can transact business with their bankers or their customers through electronic device effectively without fear or prejudice.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Financial institutions have been early adopters of smart card and credit cards technology, in the system and more recently, the launching of internet banking have transformed with world into a global village linked with electronic impulses. The idea or when the Apex Bank of Nigeria (Central Bank of Nigeria) gave the approval to all states. Trust Bank Limited to issue a financial product known as the ESCA an electronic purse to the public. Later on, Diamond Bank Limited, introduced a parallel product know as Diamond pay card. In February 1998 the smart card received a boost, when 19 licensed banks floated a smart card company. Although a lot of research works have been done on the prospects and challenges of information. Technologies in the banking industry, these research works are broad based (E-banking). Opera etal, (2010), posits that, modern banks now realize that only those that overhaul their payment services delivery and operations are likely to survive and prosper in the 21st century. Connel and Saleh (2004) are of the view that, due to pressure of globalization, consolidation, privatization, deregulation and rapidly changing technology, in order to properly place themselves in favorable positions for competitions and be one of those corporations, to be reckoned with in the new century, banks are making use of internet to executes mobile banking, this developed from bringing personal computer (PCS) together to form local and wide area network through client/server technology.
Many banks have installed modern computer interconnectivity that would enable them achieve communications of data and multimedia over internets, intranets and extranets. They also realize that they have to achieve not only management staff, wide computer literacy but what could be called information literacy i.e. knowing how to locate, analysis, store and use information. All staff and managers in a modern bank need to be able to search and gather data from several types of sources, analyze them, select relevant ones and organize them in such a manner to allow them make decisions based on the organized data, banks future realizes that the banking of nowadays requires more of electronic banking and shuffling and other banking transaction, instead of paper. In other words, paper base transactions are now being replaced by electronic based transaction e.g. the internet. Whether a bank would be successful or not depend on the extent to which it is investing on IT and using it in an innovative manner. This area has been tipped to be a major competitive ground for banks that are operating in the post-consolidation era. Often times scholars tend to ask questions like;
- i) What are the major issues needed to be mastered by Nigerian banks in order to compete with the rest of the world?
- ii) What are the major developments and challenges in the Nigerian banking environment that are affecting the growth of electronic banking?
These are some of the questions that the researcher intend to addressed in the course of this study, “problems and prospect of electronic banking in Nigeria”.
1.2 STATEMETN OF THE PROBLEM
Electronic banking is a driving force that is changing the landscape of the banking environment fundamentally towards a more competitive industry. Electronic banking has blurred the boundaries between different financial institutions, enabled new financial products and services, and made existing financial services available in different package, (Anderson S. 2000), but the influences of electronic banking go far beyond this.
The developments in electronic banking together with other financial innovativeness are constantly bringing new challenges to finance theory and changing people’s understanding of the financial system. It is not surprising that in the application of electronic banking in Nigeria, the financial institutions have to face its problems:-
- Communication over the internet are insecure and often congested.
- The financial institutions would also have to contend with other internet challenges including insecurity, quality of services and some aberrations in electronic finance.
- Besides, the existing banking environment also possess some challenges to the smooth operations of electronic banking in Nigeria. Some of these operational challenges includes. Epileptic power supply, dominance of cash transaction in the economy, low level of awareness among Nigerian etc. The thrust of this research work shall be to examine the trend of electronic banking in Nigeria and a critical examination of the challenges, (Danwa P. A 1991)
1.3 THE OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The main focus of this project will be on the problems and challenges, which the introduction of electronic money scheme throws up, adequate attention will also be devoted to prospects or control mechanism that has put in place to ensure effective management of electronic product vis-à-vis likely impact on the economy as a whole. Some of the sub objectives which this research work aims to achieve are as follows:-
- To investigate the impact of Electronic banking on the efficiency and reliability of banks and banking.
- To examine the impact of electronic banking on the operations of financial institutions with specific reference to the organization understudy.
- To examine the relationship between Electronic banking and bank-customer relationship.
- To test the efficacy of Electronic banking in enhancing the fortune of the banks.
- To proffer solution/recommendations where necessary.
1.4 RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
The following hypotheses are formulated by the researcher for the smooth research of the above topic:
Ho: Electronic banking does not enhances banks profitability and efficiency.
H1: Electronic banking do enhances banks profitability and efficiency.
Ho: Electronic banking does not improves bank-customer relationship.
H2: Electronic banking does not improves bank-customer relationship.
The researcher intend to provide answers to the following questions in the course of this study:
- What are the prospects of electronic banking in first bank plc in Nigeria?
- What are the impacts of electronic banking on the operation of financial institutions with specific reference to the organization understudy?
- To what extend has electronic banking affect customer and their relationship with the organization?
- What are the major problems and challenges the electronic banking possess to Nigerian?
- Does Electronic banking contribute to the efficiency and reliability of banks and banking?
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
It is expected that at the end of this study the findings will be relevant to operators in the banking industry and other concerned individuals and organization’s adoption of electronic banking.
The research shall basically identify the technical and operational challenges facing electronic banking in Nigeria banking environment and suggests ways by which they could be tackled. The study is significance to lecturers in the sense that, the lecturer valuable time that would have been wasted in the process of compiling and processing students notes has been reduced as a result of the advent of E-banking system compared to when operating manually. It is also important to researchers and students because, it reduced the stress of consulting series of textbooks and travelling from place to place looking for information, thereby provides avenue for browsing, thus, make the work to be done at ease.
1.6 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The scope of this project work is restricted to only the banks and their customer in Nigeria and between a company or fir operating on electronic banking and their customers, the researcher encounters some limitations which limited the scope of the study;
INADEQUATE TIME: There is a limited for the researcher to work his project considering the short semester of the school.
INADEQUATE RESPOND: Some bank does not disclose how they operate on electronic banking because it is a secret between them and their customer.
FINANCE: The researcher has limited money to carry out the research more effectively.
INADEQUATE MATERIAL: Because the project is a new development the material for the project is limited.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Automated Teller Machine (ATM): Gives customers’ easy access to his/her cash whenever he/she needs it (24 hours a day 7days a week).
Internet banking: With a PC connected to the bank via the internet, the product empowers a customer to transact banking business when where and how he/she wants with little or no interaction with the bank physically.
Mobile Banking: Offer customers the freedom of banking with mobile phone. The product keep a customer in touch with his/her finances all the time and anywhere.
Electronic banking/E-Banking: This refers to the use of computer and telecommunication to enable banking transactions to be done by telephone or computer.
Electronic funds transfer (EFT): this involves transfer of money from one bank account to another by means of communication links.
Smart Cards): Is a plastic card that contains a microprocessor that store and update information, typically used in performing financial transactions.
E-money: is also known as electronic cash which refers to money or script which exchange only electronically. A good example of e-money is money transfer.
Bill payment: it refers to e-banking application whereby customer directs the financial institutions to transfer funds to the account of another person or business.