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Best payment gateway platforms to avoid scams in your business

A payment gateway is a technology used to accept and hasten debit or credit card purchases from customers.

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Many businesses in Nigeria have adopted the online payment method because it is safe, fast, secure, and convenient. In recent times, fintech startups in Nigeria have developed safer payment channels to help businesses conveniently receive online payments.

What is a payment gateway?

A payment gateway is a technology used by merchants to accept debit or credit card purchases from customers. Integrating a payment gateway into your business is highly beneficial as it offers a more secure transaction process for your customers. It can also expand your customer base exponentially because many people will have access to your business at all times. The payment gateway offers faster transaction processing and customers can avoid the inconvenience of long queues.

In Nigeria, there is a wide range of payment gateways to choose from as a business owner. Before choosing a payment provider, you have to find out what each provider is offering and at what cost. Also, look out for PCI-compliant and SSL certificates in order to avoid security problems.

Here is a list of the top payment gateway providers and what they offer.

READ: How digital wallets have boosted financial inclusion in Nigeria   


Paystack

Paystack is a growth engine for a new generation of innovative, forward-looking organizations operating in Africa. The company makes it easy for businesses to accept secure payments from multiple local and global payment channels, while also providing tools to help you retain existing customers, and acquire new ones.

Onboarding and approval take approximately 30 minutes, Paystack accepts payment in USD, GHC, NGN; and offers a wide range of payment methods like Card, Bank Account, Bank Transfer, USSD, Visa QR, and Mobile Money.

Pricing

  • Integrating Paystack is 100% free.
  • Paystack charges 1.5% + ₦100 for local transactions and 3.9% + ₦100 for international transactions.
  • ₦100 fee is waived for transactions less than ₦2500.

READ: RexPay Drives Advancement in E-commerce and Online Payments


Flutterwave

Flutterwave provides the easiest and most reliable payment solution for businesses anywhere in the world. The company makes it easier for Africans to build global businesses that can make and accept any payment, from anywhere across Africa and beyond.

Onboarding and approval happen immediately. Flutterwave offers a wide range of payment methods like Mastercard, VISA, Bank Account, USSD, Bank Transfer, POS, and Visa QR (for local payments); and Mastercard, VISA, and AMEX (for international payments).

Pricing

  • Integrating Flutterwave is free.
  • Flutterwave charges 1.4% for local transactions and 3.8% for international transactions.
  • Processing fees are capped at a maximum of NGN 2,000.

READ: Covid-19: POS transaction value drops by N96 billion due to lock down in April


Remita

Remita is a payment solution that helps individuals and businesses make and receive payments, pay bills, and manage their finances across multiple banks. Remita accepts payment in Naira and USD.

Remita offers a wide range of payment methods including Internet Banking, Debit/Credit Cards, Bank Branch, POS Terminals, Mobile Wallet, Cash Agents, mPOS, Direct Debit, Standing Order, and Electronic Purse.

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Pricing

  • Setting up Remita for your business is free.
  • Remita charges 2% for local transactions and 4% for foreign transactions.

Interswitch Webpay

Interswitch is Nigeria’s leading technology-driven digital payments company, helping to shape the payments ecosystem across the growing e-commerce sector in Africa. Interswitch offers a wide range of payment methods including all Nigerian cards, Verve, MasterCard, and Visa. Onboarding and approval take 1 – 2 weeks approximately.

Pricing

  • Interswitch charges a one-time integration fee of N150,000.
  • For transactions below N133,333, a fee of 1.5% applies, and N2,000 flat fee for transactions above N133,333.

PayU

PayU is a global payment platform that provides a secure way for individuals and merchants to accept and process online payments without the need for their own websites. PayU offers a variety of payment methods including Mastercard credit and debit cards, Verve, Visa and EFT bank transfer.

Pricing

  • PayU has a free setup cost.
  • It has a 2% service charge on all transactions.

Voguepay

Voguepay is an online payment gateway that allows businesses to process payments in any currency from customers all around the world. Vogue accepts payments via local and international payment methods including Verve, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, and Voguepay wallets.

Pricing

  • Vogue pay charges N1500 (with Corporate Affairs Commission Certificate) and N2500 (with Government issued Identity cards) for setup.
  • Local transactions attract a 1.5% charge, while international transactions attract a 3.8% charge.
  • Onboarding and approval to Voguepay take between 1-5 days.

Monnify

Monnify is a payment gateway that allows businesses to seamlessly process payments from customers from multiple payment channels. It provides an easier and faster way for businesses to receive payments from customers on their web and mobile applications.

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Monnify accepts payments via USSD, Internet banking, mobile banking app, and all Nigerian debit cards.

Pricing

  • Monnify setup fees and maintenance costs are free.
  • The fee for account transfers is capped at N500 per transaction or a flat rate of N300 (excluding VAT).
  • The card fee is capped at N2000 per transaction.

 

Adopting a payment gateway for your online business can reduce the risk of fraud and also help you retain your customers. This means that your business is open 24/7 and your customers can shop at any time from the comfort of their homes.

Janet John is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Uyo. She specializes in technical writing where she creates easy to read documentation, articles to clearly and efficiently explain highly complex processes. When she is not writing, she works as a freelance front-end developer

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Tip Jar, Twitter’s new giveaway feature that lets users send money to you

Twitter has introduced a new feature called Tip Jar that allows you send money to your favourite tweeters.

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Twitter has introduced a new feature called Tip Jar that allows you send money to your favourite tweeters.

According to the blog post, “Tip Jar is an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation on Twitter. This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money.”

The new feature utilizes different payment platforms like PayPal, Venmo, Patreon, CashApp, and others.

Users can link their Twitter accounts with Tip Jar to any of these payment providers. Twitter takes no cut.

READ: Facebook is creating an audio chat product similar to Clubhouse

You’ll know an account’s Tip Jar is enabled if you see a Tip Jar icon next to the Follow button on their profile page. Tap the icon, and you’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled. Select whichever payment service or platform you prefer and you’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app where you can show your support in the amount you choose.

Twitter has released series of features this year as part of its efforts to grow Twitter’s user base to 315 million daily active users by the end of 2023.

The company also launched Twitter crop where images don’t get crop again on Twitter for Android or iOS. Standard aspect ratio images (16:9 and 4:3) will now display in full without any cropping and images will look just like they did when you shot them.

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Lauren Alexander, a Twitter spokesperson said, “Today’s launch is a direct result of the feedback people shared with us last year that the way our algorithm cropped images wasn’t equitable, The new way of presenting images decreases the platform’s reliance on automatic, machine learning-based image cropping.”

Twitter has tested several features and more will be rolled out soon.

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Customs Apapa Command generates revenue of N65.4 billion in April

This indicates a 64% increase in collection and an unprecedented record that has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command.

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Border closure: Amid N5bn daily revenue, Customs officials lament allowance slash  

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command has announced a revenue of N65,463,398,355.85 for the month of April—an increase of N25,585,561,139.92 compared to the same period last year.

This was disclosed by Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf, Area Controller of Apapa command, in a press briefing on Thursday.

What Ibrahim Yusuf is saying

“This indicates a 64% increase in collection and an unprecedented record that has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command.

In line with the provision of extant laws, trade guidelines, and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the command was able to further strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence-driven operations.

READ: Customs revenue rises by N200 billion to hit N1.5 trillion in 2020

This led to the seizure of 4×40 feet containers laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg and 120mg, and 805 cartons of codeine syrup in 100ml) at APMT and SIFAX 3 bonded terminal respectively.

Other items seized in the period under review include: two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap copper wire,” he said.

He added that the progress the Apapa Command made in the month of April was possible due to the resilience of the officers, citing that the Command had taken steps to ensure efficient revenue collection by creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive.

What you should know

Recall Nairametrics reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Command stated earlier that it generated a revenue of N159.58 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

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