Nigerian fintech startup Paga partners Uber to allow users to pay for rides

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Nigerian mobile payments startup Paga has partnered taxi hailing app Uber in the West African country to allow users to pay for their rides using the Paga service.

The partnership between Paga and Uber gives riders the option to pay with Paga using a local debit card, without worrying about foreign currency exchange rates, or with cash into a Paga account.

“Our partnership with Uber is directly in line with our commitment to make payments convenient and easy for everyone,” said Paga founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Tayo Oviosu.

“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, said the partnership with Paga would simplify and improve the payment experience for Uber 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,” Atawodi said.

“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.”

Disrupt Africa reported in October Paga announced the completion of a US$13 million Series B funding round led by Adlevo Capital to help it build its agents network and continue to innovate its product.

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