POS Usage in Africa: See Where Nigeria is Ranked

The latest statistics on countries that uses POS most for transaction in Africa came with a shocking result. Nigeria is ranked 7th in the continent despite being one of the country with most Internet users and advanced people in ICT as far as Africa is concerned.

It is really weird seeing Nigeria ranked 7th because i was expecting at least 2nd or 3rd but the report from IndexMundi proved me totally wrong.

Recall that Point Of Sale (POS) system was introduced in Nigeria about 3 years ago and later it was introduced in neighboring country Ghana but Nigerians makes just 21% of total transactions in the country via POS devices, while South Africa occupied the first rank with a whooping 91% of transactions done via POS. The second country is Ghana 80% followed by Tunisia at 79%. You can see the massive gap other countries gave Nigeria in this aspect. But why is this so? Let's check out.


According to Kevin Chung of Avante International Technology, he revealed at the just concluded CashlessAfrica Expo that while the communication network and bandwidth are adequate, the data centers in the financial communities in Nigeria need to upgrade from Tier 1-2 to Tier 3-4 to enable the cashless economy.

But the main reason behind this poor POS usage in Nigeria is poor enlightenment, epileptic power supply, poor network issues and even lack of trust.

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There should be adequate awareness to enlighten people on the usefulness of paying with POS. Although armed robbers now uses it to rub their victims who claim not to have money with them. All the same, the banks should improve on the POS usage security and the public given enough awareness via every possible means.

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  1. Everyone is corrupt and we are not trusting each other again not even our family members My Blog Is Where Some Guys Learn HTML for the benefits of Mankind pos? i here

  2. 9ja people 2 afraid of newbies tech most especially rural areas

  3. The issue is largely due to enlightenment and lack of trust.

    I went to my bank today(10*04*2017) and i was shocked to see how long the queue was but at the same time, there was few people using the POS.

    The banks and government needs to create more awareness on the use of the POS and also our security system should be greatly improved.

  4. People still doubt the ATM talk of POS govt has to make this things more secure in order for people to have full trust

  5. Ijeoma you just hit my mind
    to tell you the truth i don't even trust atm,i count my money very well after withdrawing chikina

    werin be pos¿

  6. unbelievable, how can we accept such report