COVID-19: OPay Suspends ORide, Others

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Chinese-owned African Fintech startup, OPay has announced the suspension of some of its services in Nigeria due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

The company made this known in a statement on Thursday and listed ORide, OExpress and OCar as the affected operations.

The statement read in part: “We can confirm that some of our business units, including the ride-hailing services, ORide, OCar, as well as our logistics service OExpress, will be put on pause. This is largely due to the harsh business conditions which have affected many Nigerian companies, including ours, during this COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown and government ban.

“Globally, ride-sharing businesses have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. But several months ago, foreseeing this issue, OPay had already taken preemptive steps to restructure our business focus away from rides. It is worthy to note that this final restructuring has minimal impact on OPay as a whole business.

“During the pandemic, we have seen continued demand for our offline mobile money agency, and online digital payment, which remain the core of our business.

“From January to April 2020, for example, we witnessed a 44 per cent growth on offline and online transaction value even in the midst of the pandemic and lockdown. This is a testament to the high demand for flexible and easy financial services by Nigerians. Opay remains one of the most well-funded and profitable mobile money platforms in Nigeria, and we will continue to do more for our customers.”

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