The e-Naira wallet that was created by the Central Bank of Nigeria has been removed by Google 48 hours after its release amid criticisms by users.
The e-Naira Wallet was launched by President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday, October 25th, 2021 at the statehouse, Abuja and top officials including the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele were in attendance.
The e-Naira Wallet is supposed to guarantee secure, faster, and more convenient transactions according to banks, help increase remittances, make monetary policy more effective and enable the government to send direct payments to citizens eligible for specific welfare programs.
However, on Tuesday, the e-Naira wallet recorded negative reviews and low ratings and on Wednesday, the e-Naira Wallet disappeared from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The negative reviews included users complaining of bugs, problems setting up an account, the app not accepting email addresses, and the app rejecting Bank Verification Number which is a requirement to enable transactions.
Nairobi, one of the CBN officials made us know that the app was removed because an upgrade is currently being affected and not because it violated Google policy.