POS transactions in Nigeria drop to N552.3 billion in October despite rising outlets

According to data released by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Point of Sale transactions in Nigeria dropped slightly by 0.74% to N552.26 billion in October 2021 compared to N556.36 billion recorded in the previous month. 

The value of POS transactions dropped despite a 33.6% increase in the volume of transactions to 91.39 million from 87.71 million recorded in September 2021.

Further analysis of the data showed that the number of POS terminals deployed in October rose by 7.6% month-on-month to 764,589 in the review month.

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  • The value of POS transactions dropped marginally by 0.74% month-on-month to N552.3 billion in October 2021. However, it rose by 19.81% compared to N460.95 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • So far in the year, a total of N5.17 trillion POS transactions have been recorded between January and October 2021, which is 40.9% higher than N3.67 billion recorded in the same period of 2020.
  • The volume of transactions rose by 33.6% to 91.36 million in the month under review. On a month-on-month basis, it increased by 4.2% compared to 87.8 million transactions recorded in September 2021.
  • The total number of deployed terminals also increased by 7.6% month-on-month and 82% year-on-year to 764,589.

The volume of POS transactions continues to increase across the country, as Nigeria’s adoption of cashless transactions witnesses a significant boost since the covid-19 lockdown in 2020.


The POS boom came from the lockdown measures implemented by the federal government in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus during pandemic 

Nigerians had to transact from the comfort of their homes as they could not visit the banking halls during this period.

Nigerians’ adoption of e-payment transactions has metamorphose into something bigger than simple transactions, as empirically supported by the volume of transactions and POS outlets in the country.

In the same vein, the value of NIBSS instant payment (NIP) transactions rose 3.36% to N24.31 trillion in the review month compared to N23.52 trillion recorded in the previous month.

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