Some residents of Keffi area of Nasarawa state have said the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has made them adopt the use of Point of Sale (POS) as their only means of transaction.
Point of Sale (POS) operators in Keffi told the Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation team that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought a boost and acceptance in an electronic transaction among the people while they are making a huge profit as operators.
Saliu, a POS operator at the G.R.A keffi, told MAWA that people got tired of long queues in banks and they now find POS as an alternative means of transaction.
“Despite the charges incurred using POS, people prefer using it to wasting their time on long queues at banks ATMs, and that has become the norm since coronavirus”, Saliu said.
Saliu who said he is making a huge profit in POS operation, attributed his success to the place he is operating from, pointing out he operates in a residential area where people could just step out of their houses to perform transactions rather than go waste their time in the bank.
Miss Blessing who operates POS beside the access bank in keffi said the business boomed and is still booming because when people get tired of waiting, they will just opt to use POS.
She told MAWA that except for special cases where customers will need to enter into the banking hall, they prefer using POS to make withdrawals or transfer funds without any network challenge.
Miss Rebecca while speaking to MAWA, said since the Coronavirus outbreak, she cannot waste her time in the bank, but rather prefers to use the POS.
“Since the Coronavirus pandemic, I have no reason to visit the bank, I prefer to make my transaction using POS and pay the charges than wait on long queues in the bank,” Rebecca said.
Other POS users, who spoke to MAWA in front of the First Bank keffi branch, said they have no problem using POS because the operators are everywhere.
This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)