PoS transactions record N4Bn increase in value for July
The value of transactions merchants across the country recorded through point of sale (PoS) terminals increased by N4 billion in July this year, according to report from Nigeria Inter –Bank Settlement System (NIBSS).
According to the report, PoS transactions value increased from N55 billion in June to N59 billion in July recording N4 billion increase while volume increased by 500,000.
In June it recorded 4.5million number of transactions and 5million in the month of July. These volumes of transactions were recorded from over 62,000 active terminals out of 121,785 deployed PoS terminal.
Reacting to this development, Mrs. Regha Onajite, chief executive officer, Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (EPPAN) said that a lot of people have not really embraced the PoS but, that is not a challenge.
She said that “The PoS is only a channel for electronic payment. We have so many other channels like the MPoS, mobile, ATMS, web/online, instant payments etc. so the PoS is one of many other choices.”
“The CBN and the operators should focus on awareness creation for further adoption. During the early days of the Cashless initiative, E-PPAN under the aegis of the CBN and the support of the financial institutions had massive awareness campaign especially below the line campaign in addition to what the banks, the central bank and other providers were doing with above the line campaign to promote the understanding and adoption of electronic payments channels. This I will say has to be sustained.”
“We are talking here about a change in culture, a shift in behaviour, it can’t be done overnight. Advocacy for change must be sustained.