Agents jostle to join Glo Xchange
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The number of mobile money agents around the country has continued to swell as the Glo Xchange train moved to in Imo, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Kogi over the weekend.
In the new locations, participants joined their fellow countrymen in other parts of the country to eulogize the benefits of the mobile money super agent network. About 1,500 potential agents gathered in Owerri, Markurdi, Minna, Jos and Lokoja to receive orientation and information on the technical details of the Glo Xchange Network. They included Glo trade partners, sub-dealers, retailers, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, supermarket operators, salon operators, photographers, fast-food operators, Commercial Telephone Operators and other Small and Medium Scale business operators.
To deepen the penetration of Glo Xchange in the country, the company is partnering some key players in the financial institutions including First Monie, Ecobank, StanbicIBTC Bank and Zenith Bank. The company said that more banks would join the partnership in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria regulations. At the programme, Glo mobile money experts gave orientation to the attendees as they were eager to know more about mobile money and how to operate the Glo Xchange network business. They also gave the participants the opportunity to ask questions for further clarifications, after which they signed up as Glo Xchange Agents. Speaking after the training at the Owerri Centre, Njoku Chinelo from Irete said the project was a “nice one from Globacom, and will greatly enhance business growth”.
Ogbonna Chioffor and Peter Ike spoke in the same vein. Chioffor called it a wonderful and encouraging opportunity created by Globacom “…which will facilitate convenience of monetary transactions and avoidance of bank stress, delay and risk”. Ike said it was “pure empowerment of people by Globacom whereby one can start a business with funds as little as N10, 000”. Abichi Okeke from Makurdi welcomed the programme from Globacom and said that it will profitably engage more Nigerian jobless youths John Iorpuu from Afia Town, Ukun LGA in Benue state hailed Glo Xchange as another first from Globacom, adding that “it will ease and make monetary transaction more convenient than ever.” James Pilaakya from Korina, Konshisha LGA Benue state said it is an impressive grassroots-oriented platform by Globacom, saying that it will make rural financial transaction possible where there are no banks. The attendees also said Glo Xchange will facilitate financial transaction to the remote areas where there is no financial institution.
A statement from the Head of Mobile Money Financial Business, Globacom, Mr. Esaie Diei said Globacom would continue to empower Nigerians economically while also encouraging the federal government’s financial policies of financial inclusion and cashless transactions
The training sessions have so far held in over 20 cities including, Lekki, Ikeja, Ibadan, Kaduna, Umuahia, Akure, Ilorin, Oshogbo, Onitsha, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Warri. Others are Kano, Abuja, Benin and Abeokuta