Oilcom goes M-Pesa

Vodacom Tanzania has today entered into a partnership with Oilcom in a deal that will see motorists fuel their vehicles and pay through M-Pesa.

This is the first partnership of its kind between an oil company and Vodacom where motorists will now make use of the companies’ widespread networks. 

Vodacom Tanzania Manager External Relations, Salum Mwalim, said the new partnership would go a long way in embracing technology in the energy sector as mobile money transaction becomes crucial in today’s world.

“This is a great day for all of us. In a society where carrying cash in the pocket is becoming increasingly unsafe, M-Pesa has stepped to as an alternative medium,” said Mwalim.

On his part, Oilcom Managing Director, Mohamed Said Nahdi, expressed hope that motorists and vehicles owners will make well use of the new partnership. 

“It is easier to have a cash-loaded mobile phone than carry hard-cash,” Mr Nahdi said.

“Oilcom operates more than 75 service stations across the country. Motorists are therefore assured of coming across one of our stations and fuel their vehicles regardless of where they are. 

M-Pesa will facilitate this process, thanks to its wide network,” the Oilcom MD said. Vodacom’s M-Pesa services takes pride of over 55,000 agents spread across the country, which will always be on standby to serve customers.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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