Nigerians can now use their Verve naira cards to make digital transactions on Play Store, Google’s applications distribution service.
According to Verve, the new deal is based “a strategic partnership with multinational technology company, Google, and leading cross-border payment platform, dLocal Limited which will enable Google Play to accept Verve card payments.”
Also in a statement this week, Google said it was partnering with Verve, the largest domestic card scheme in Africa, to enable Nigerians make purchases with ease, thereby strengthening the digital ecosystem in the country.
“These transactions will be undertaken in Nigerian naira and treated as local transactions by the country’s banking institutions. As a result, any Nigerian with an Android device and a Verve card now has a streamlined method for making purchases on the Google Play Store,” the internet giant stated.
According to Anthea Crawford, head of retail and payment partnerships at Google Play, the development was to encourage easy access on the app.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Verve, expanding Google Play access for more Nigerians,” said Crawford adding that the new partnership not only simplified the payment process for Google Play Store apps and services but would also contribute significantly to a more inclusive digital environment for 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,” Crawford said.
Managing Director of Verve International, Vincent Ogbunude, “we are excited to bring digital content and services closer to Verve cardholders, hence bridging the digital divide.”