We are making money; COVID-19 forced residents accept mobile money

Mobile money operators at the Ado area of Nasarawa state have said they are making good revenues because the outbreak of COVID-19 forced community residents to accept and use mobile money which has triggered a boom in their business.

Miss Chika Chinyere, a mobile money operator, who spoke to MAWA Foundation officials in her POS stand located close to Aso Market, explained that since the COVID-19 outbreak, mobile money operators in her area are having a booming business and are making good revenues.

Chinyere said as soon as the government declared lockdown and imposed restrictions on movements, residents began to used Point of Sale (POS) as alternative means of transaction, a development she said led to a boom in their business.

Another mobile money operator, Miss Joy Agye who spoke to the MAWA Foundation officials, narrated how she is making good revenues since the outbreak of COVID-19. Agye who said she was sacked in one of the hotels along Keffi Abuja during the lockdown, disclosed that her elder brother established a POS business for her, and, since then she has been making good savings from the revenue she makes.

Rita Omala, another mobile operator, told the MAWA Foundation officials that there is hardly any member of her community especially market women who now go to a banking hall for transactions, but, rather they will approach mobile money operators.

“Before the COVID-19, people just came to us to collect money, but now they deposit and send money to anybody they want through mobile money operators, they have accepted our service as an alternative to banking services,” Omala told MAWA officials.

Mrs. Joseph Seun, a mobile operator excited over his new line of business, told the MAWA officials that the outbreak of COVID-19 was a blessing to him and his colleagues.

Seun, however, said the pandemic rendered many jobless and poor but appealed to the youth to always think outside the box because the government cannot provide jobs for everybody.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

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