The number of bank customers that have registered for the Bank Verification Number rose to 30,655,492 as of Friday.
The figure which was obtained from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System, represents an increase of 2,965,814 customers over the 27,689678 recorded as at the end of last year.
Banks have intensified awareness campaign following the court judgment that monies in bank account of customers without BVN should be forfeited.
Officials of banks told one of our correspondents on Saturday that electronic mails and text messages had been sent out to customers without BVN to inform them of the need to link their accounts.
An official of a Deposit Money Bank in Abuja told SUNDAY PUNCH that some bank customers who had been reluctant to complete the exercise owing to one challenge or the other had renewed interest in completing the process.
The official said, “There is a renewed interest now from bank customers on the BVN issue as a result of the judgement of the court recently that allows the account of those without BVN to be frozen.
“As a result of this, we decided to begin an awareness campaign to sensitise those who had issues with their BVN enrollment.
“So we have been sending out text messages and even electronic mails to our customers who have such issues to come and quickly rectify them.”
The Central Bank of Nigeria could not be reached for comments as calls and a text message sent to the Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, were not responded to.
The Federal High Court in Abuja had, on October 22, ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country to disclose all accounts in their custody and the balances in such accounts.
The court ordered the banks to disclose the details of all such accounts, their owners and their proceeds in their affidavit of compliance deposed to by their Chief Compliance Officers.
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has urged the CBN and the Attorney General of the Federation to work out modalities for Nigerians in the Diaspora to obtain their BVN.
She said this was important to ensure that innocent Nigerians living abroad did not forfeit their savings in their respective bank accounts.
Dabiri-Erewa said this in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Abuja, on Saturday.
The Presidential aide urged the CBN to liaise with other departments of government to make it possible for all Nigerians in the Diaspora to have their BVN done in their countries of abode .
She said, “Take for instance, a Nigerian living in Costarica or in Australia; how can he get his BVN done? Do you leave your job to come to Nigeria and do BVN? A lot of Nigerians in the diaspora send money home as savings; they should be provided for.”
Source: John Alechenu and Ifeanyi Onuba
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