Union Bank, Nigeria’s leading innovative financial institution has partnered with Ria Money Transfer (“Ria”), one of the largest money transfer companies in the world, to offer money transfer pay-out services across Nigeria.
The new agreement allows Union Bank customers to receive remittances in local currency at Union Bank payout locations which includes its branches nationwide. Customers can have funds transferred directly to their bank accounts, while non-bank customers can collect remittances in cash through any payout location. In addition to providing a secure and economical service, Ria’s technology allows customers to receive remittances within minutes.
Speaking at a media briefing, Union Bank’s Head of Alternate Channels, Folorunsho Orimoloye, said of the partnership, “Union Bank is proud to partner with Ria as we are constantly seeking opportunities to make banking simpler and smarter for our customers.”
“With a network of approximately 314,000 locations spanning 144 countries, Ria is one of the largest money transfer services in the world. With this partnership, we will ensure that our customers have access to this worldwide network, thereby extending the options of quality remittance services Union Bank offers to all our customers,” concluded Orimoloye.
Ria’s CEO and President, Juan Bianchi, said, “Ria is pleased to partner with Union Bank and expand our reach in Nigeria, the number one remittance receiving country in Africa and top five receiving country globally. Our secure and economical bank-deposit and cash pay-out service with Union Bank now provides more choice to customers living in the diaspora that are seeking a reliable option to send remittances home to their loved ones.”
The World Bank reports that Nigeria received $20.5 billion in remittances in 2015 making it the fifth largest receive country for migrant remittances. Top countries sending to Nigeria include the United Kingdom and United States where many Nigerians reside. Ria has a strong sending network in both countries, with customers in the United States also able to send money to Nigeria through www.riamoneytransfer.com.
About Union Bank
Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank is a household name and one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank is a trusted and recognizable brand, with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria.
In late 2012, a new Board of Directors and Executive Management team were appointed to Union Bank and in 2014 the Bank began executing a transformation programme to re-establish it as a highly respected provider of quality financial services.
The Bank currently offers a variety of banking services to both individual and corporate clients including current, savings and deposit account services, funds transfer, foreign currency domiciliation, loans, overdrafts, equipment leasing and trade finance. The Bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Debit Cards, ATMs and POS Systems.
For more information about Union Bank, please visit www.unionbankng.com
About Ria Money Transfer
Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), is a global leader in money remittances. Ria offers fast, secure, affordable money transfers through a network of approximately 314,000 global agents spanning 144 countries and online at www.riamoneytransfer.com. The company is steadfast in its commitment to its customers and remains ingrained within the communities in which they live.
About Red Media Africa
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