Following the uproar over discrepancies between Uber ride receipts and what banks were actually charging, which in turn is as a result of the widening gap between the parallel currency markets, as a response, Uber launched cash payments and today they have announced another solution – a partnership with Paga – that lets users pay via their debit card or Paga accounts without worrying about foreign currency exchange rates.
Speaking on the partnership, Paga Founder and CEO Tayo Oviosu said “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.”
Ebi Atawodi, General Manager of Uber Lagos went on to add “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.
Customers can pay for the service via the Paga app or by visiting this link http://www.mypaga.com/pay/uber on their browser. It is unclear how this will work in practice, however, the one thing that is clear (at least to me) is that if you have to leave the Uber app, to enter your details somewhere else to make a payment, it’s inconvenient.