Paga, Nigeria’s foremost mobile money transfer firm partners with Uber to make cashless payments possible in the midst of the current foreign exchange crisis.
It is no longer news that some Uber riders have had issues making payments for their rides with local debit cards. In some instances, riders have been charged more than the amount shown on Uber receipts by their banks as a result of the current foreign exchange crisis in the Country.
In an attempt to alleviate this problem, Uber enabled the Pay with Cash option in Nigeria; an experiment that the company is running in 8 countries which include India, Kenya, Vietnam and the Phillippines.
Uber cashless payments possible through Paga
Today, Uber– the technology company that uses GPS technology to connect customers to their nearest Uber verified driver-partner via smartphone, has partnered with Nigerian e-payment platform Paga to make cashless payments with Nigerian debit cards convenient for Uber riders.
This is another endeavour taken on by the company to ensure that the Uber customer experience remains unaffected by local preferences and regulations. Uber riders will be given the option to pay with Paga using a local debit card and would not have to worry about foreign currency exchange rates.
On the partnership, Paga Founder and CEO Tayo Oviosu explained his company has a commitment to make payments convenient and easy for everyone and that they are also working on the functionality for riders to pay directly for their ride from their bank accounts.
Personally, I think it is a good thing that we are beginning to see foreign company’s like Uber partner with local brands such as Paga and I beleive this trend should continue, however I feel that Uber should have done a partnership with a local payment platform long ago and not when one of its unique features was threatened by foreign exchange and regulations.
To pay with Paga visit http://www.mypaga.com/pay/uber