Google has given approval for payments on its Play Store to be done using Nigeria’s currency, the naira.
This comes as it partnered with Verve, the largest domestic card scheme in Africa, to make digital transactions on Google Play Store easier for Nigerian users.
Google noted that as from Wednesday (July 26), Nigerians can now use their Verve cards to make purchases on the digital Store, strengthening the digital ecosystem in Nigeria.
Commenting on the development, the Head of Retail and Payment Partnerships at Google Play, Anthea Crawford, said; “We are thrilled to collaborate with Verve, expanding Google Play access for more Nigerians. The introduction of local payments with Verve cards is a significant milestone, enabling more Nigerians to participate in the app economy and access the apps they need.”
On his part, the Managing Director of Verve International, Vincent Ogbunude stated; “The integration with Google Play is a significant stride towards achieving Verve’s vision of promoting financial inclusion. We are excited to bring digital content and services closer to Verve cardholders, hence bridging the digital divide.
As a foremost payment card scheme in Nigeria, Verve’s expanding acceptance promotes inclusion by extending the reach of digital services to a larger segment of the Nigerian population. Maximizing this exciting possibility, users can now add their Verve Cards to their Google Play Account and pay in Naira, without stress”.
He added that the new partnership simplifies the payment process for Google Play Store apps and services and contributes significantly to a more inclusive digital environment for Nigerians.