Uber, as we probably already know, is a taxi service operating in various countries including Nigeria precisely in Lagos State.
Couple of days back, we stumbled on reports indicating the fact that Uber users are complaining of charges from their banks as a result in the increase of fx rates. This made Uber introduce a new payment system that allows users pay in cash instead of being charged from their account automatically.
While this seemed quite cool, it wasn’t available to every uber user as it was meant to be rolled out in stages.
Latest on the subject matter has it that Uber Lagos has partnered with Nigeria’s payment platform, MyPaga, in other to make payment options more flexible.
— Kairos (Tayo Oviosu) (@oviosu) January 21, 2016
MyPaga’s Founder / CEO, Tayo Oviosu made the announcement on twitter (as displayed above) and also had the following to say in regards the partnership:
“Our partnership with Uber is directly in line with our commitment to make payments convenient and easy for everyone. Uber riders can now enjoy the convenience of paying for their rides through their Paga accounts or a local debit card without worrying about the foreign exchange rate issues. We are also working on adding the functionality for riders to pay directly from their bank accounts for the ride. At Paga we are indifferent to the funding source of your transaction; we simply want to help you pay in the most convenient way. We are excited that Uber has partnered with Paga, and look forward to supporting the company’s rapid growth across Nigeria.”
General Manager of Uber Lagos, Ebi Atawodi also talked on the new partnership stating thus:
“We are excited about our partnership with Paga to simplify and improve the payment experience for our riders and driver-partners. This partnership with Paga is built upon a shared vision that payments should be simple and convenient and both our companies are committed to working together to ensure a seamless experience for all customers. Partnering with Paga enables more Nigerians to access the Uber platform, many of which are not yet comfortable using their debit or credit cards. We look forward to providing more Nigerians with a safe, reliable ride at the touch of a button.”
Earlier before now, although users are billed in Naira, they are charged in dollars from their account which results to higher charges as a result in the increase of fx rates. As a result of the partnership with mypaga, Uber Lagos uses will be charged in Naira as indicated in their billing. Riders can visit www.mypaga.com/pay/uber using their mobile phone to download the mypaga app in other to set up every required information.