Paga, the mobile payments company in Nigeria announced its partnership with Nigeria’s online bus ticket pre-booking engine − Bus.com.ng to provide alternative ticket payment channels.
This partnership will allow bus.com.ng customers to utilise Paga’s secure and easy to use payment options to pay for bookings online at www.bus.com.ng, via SMS and through the vast Paga agent network.
On the partnership, Bus.com.ng CEO − Amy Muoneke, said:
“We are bringing bus travel into the 21st century and eliminating the traditional stress associated with buying tickets by offering customers the convenience of planning their trips well ahead of time. With our online and call back booking services, customers no longer need to get to the bus park hours in advance to buy tickets and run the risk of not getting on a bus. Creating the ultimate stress-free ticketing experience for the customer is what makes this partnership with Paga so vital. Now customers are not limited to cash, or having a debit card to use our services and even more importantly by tapping into Paga’s vast agent network, there are now more convenient payment points than ever to pay for your trip.”
Paga is an indigenous mobile payments company that allows users to send/receive money, buy airtime and pay bills and merchants like bus.com.ng; and many more through their payment platform which is accessible online at www.mypaga.com or through their agent network. Since receiving its full CBN operational license in August 2011, the company now has over 700+ merchants.
Paga Head of Merchant Services − Nwaji Jibunoh also commented on the partnership:
“Bus.com.ng is one of the many innovative online merchants currently changing the e-commerce landscape in Nigeria and we are excited to have this opportunity to partner with them. The additional bonus Paga brings to this already stress-free service is the convenience of alternative payment options for customers who do not have access to debit cards or who aren’t comfortable using their cards to make purchases online. By selecting Paga as a payment option, registered Paga customers can pay for their tickets online without having to use a debit card or reveal any card details. Also, by extending the bus.com.ng service to our Paga agent outlets we are extending bus.com.ngâs reach to thousands of additional users who don’t necessarily have access to online booking channels and are looking for services like these to ease the stress and inconvenience of visiting bus parks to buy tickets. Paga is the fast, stress-free and cashless alternative for any online merchant looking to reach out to the mass market.
Paga currently has almost a million users, over 3,500 agent outlets in a 150 towns/cities across 25 states and in 2013 alone has processed over 2.4 million transactions worth over N26.8 billion