The launch was also attended by some Board and management members of GOIL, officials of GhIPSS, GOIL’s Brand Ambassador, COPEC and representatives of some Banks.
The CEO of the Ghana Interbank Payment Settlements and Systems (GhIPSS), Archie Hesse, has commended GOIL for taking a giant leap by enabling its Point of sale terminals to accept gh-link cards.
GhIPSS, he noted will pursue its mandate to migrate Ghana into an electronic payment society noting GOIL has shown great leadership and achieved a great feat for being the first OMC to partner his outfit, emphasizing ‘GOIL must be celebrated for this’.
He was speaking at a ceremony to launch the use of the gh-link card on GOIL’s Point of Sale (POS) devices across the country. With this development, all gh-link cardholders can use their cards to pay for the fuel at all Goil locations across the country.
The Chief Operating Officer COO, of GOIL, Alex Adzew, who spoke on behalf of the Group CEO/Managing Director, Kwame Osei -Prempeh, noted the company is pushing a drive to increase digitized payments to help eliminate the use of physical cash at its service stations.
He said it was of utmost importance now to eliminate the use of physical cash adding that digital payment for goods and services must be encouraged because of its convenience especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Head of Payment Systems Department of Bank of Ghana, Dr Settor Amediku, who represented the Governor of Bank of Ghana, said, given the exigencies of the times and the uptakes in electronic transactions, GOIL has taken the right steps and shown leadership by collaborating with GhIPSS to broaden the scope of its electronic sales products.
The Board Chairman of GOIL, Kwamena Bartels said apart from delivering convenience to customers, GOIL’s move, the first by an Oil Marketing Company, was part of efforts to drive the national digitization agenda spearheaded by the Vice-President of Ghana.
A demonstration of the card usage and transaction was later done by GOIL’s head of IT, Planning and Research, Anthony Twumasi.
He explained that using the gh-link card at GOIL service stations offers an opportunity for good record-keeping at each purchase with withdrawals recorded automatically on customers’ monthly bank statements, helping card-holders track and manage transactions.