By Kennedy Dimaku, Abuja
Chief Executive Officer, Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria, E-PPAN, Mrs Onajite Regha has said that Nigeria is witnessing high patronage in electronic payment contrary to insinuations that the people are reluctant to comply with the cashless policy in the country.
In an interview with our correspondent during the 3rd E-PPAN Conference in Abuja, she pointed out that the figures available shows high rate of adoption and compliance considering the fact that Nigeria was strongly cash based economy, but is moving to cashless society. She added that efforts are on top geared to make it better.
Regha explained that the success recorded so far was due to government’s role in directing all Agencies, MDAs, vendors, and contractors salaries from federal state and local level be paid electronically.
The E-PPAN Chief Executive said that E-PPPAN 3rd Conference is another avenue for the states to network with other states that have gone beyond the challenges they are passing through, and discuss with their colleagues with the aim to getting solution to the problems they are facing.
According to her, “The conference provides avenue to know new and better technologies that would provide solutions to government offices, MDAs, etc, and how they would be able to provide better solution that will meet the needs of the citizens of their various states.
“The objective of the conference is to get the government adopt electronic payment which they have been always doing. We provide the platform for them to interact with the stakeholders with the aim to identifying the challenges and how we can solve those challenges. We give them a platform to interact with industry experts to identify the problems as well as proffer the solution.”
She said that E-PPAN was going to come up with white paper, communiqué, and advisory note; and interact with relevant organization to ensure that government MDAs that have adopted the electronic payment system would be able to operate the system painlessly.