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How Does A Virtual Visa Card Work & How To Choose A Provider



Virtual Visa Card

If you have recently become curious about the idea of virtual visa cards, then there is a chance that you have a reason to not only learn about these but also start using them.

You might be running an e-commerce company and you might have realized that the benefits of using these virtual financial tools are large and that your business definitely needs them. Or, you might simply be curious about how all of this works without having any actual intentions of using the solution.

Well, whatever your case may be, I am sure that you could largely benefit from a credit card with virtual number, which just means that you might get quite interested in using these tools after learning about them, even if you don’t have any intentions of doing it right now.

The fact that you are here tells me that you are interested in these instruments and solutions, which is why I don’t buy the idea that you are just curious and that you have no intentions of actually using the tools. After all, you are showing interest and that immediately means that there are some intentions, no matter how deeply buried they might be right now.

I am not here, however, to dissect your mind and try to figure out why it is that you are interested in learning about these instruments because that is practically irrelevant to me. I would, however, urge you to think about those reasons and intentions you have all on your own because that might reveal a few things to you.

Most likely, it will reveal that you are subconsciously rather drawn to these cards and that you are aware of how beneficial it can be for you. As previously said, though, I’m not here to take wild guesses regarding that.

What I am here for is this. I will help you understand precisely how a virtual visa card works, which will lead you towards getting a completely clear picture of it all and thus decide if you want to use this option, or if you would like to continue ignoring it. It is especially important for digital company owners to read about these solutions because they are the ones who benefit the most from these virtual visa cards.

In any case, as I am quite sure that you will become even more interested in using these once you realize how they work, I will do one more important thing for you. In short, I will tell you a bit more about how you should go about choosing the right provider for you, because there are certainly various different companies out there ready to offer you their virtual cards, and you cannot just randomly pick out one of those. Well, yes you can, but that’s not quite wise. Anyway, let us take things one step at a time.

Here’s a comprehensive explanation of virtual cards:

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How It All Works

Since we will be taking things one step at a time, it is only logical for us to begin with the step of showing you how all of this actually works, since you cannot go any deeper into the topic if you still don’t know this. I know that it might all sound a bit confusing and puzzling in the beginning, especially if you have never had the chance to listen to anyone who knows their way around these virtual instruments, but here’s the thing. It is all actually pretty simple. You just need to go through the initial stage of confusion and do your learning, which is when you’ll realize the simplicity of it all.

So, a virtual visa card is basically a set of numbers that are generated completely randomly and that represent your visa or your bank account. While you can use these random numbers to complete online transactions, the good thing is that thieves cannot use them in order to breach your account and basically get your personal information and your money. The random numbers that you will use, for example, today to complete certain transactions will automatically get reset after the transactions have been done, which further makes it impossible for those thieves to steal your information.

The explanation above has probably helped you realize that these virtual options are much safer than the traditional ones that we are all used to. Well, that is precisely why businesses are increasingly turning towards using them in their daily online operations. That is also why I previously mentioned that digital company owners will largely benefit not only from learning about these cards but also from starting to use them. Read more about those benefits.

Given the popularity of these virtual options, there is talk that they will actually become a must for businesses in the future. Even if that does not happen to be the case, every single company owner who starts using them will swiftly become aware of their importance, because they provide better security, and security is the one thing that businesses should never lose sight of. So, it might be a wise idea for you to swiftly start transitioning towards this particular solution, as it can be much safer for your business.

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You probably have a better understanding of how all of this works right now, but there is a small chance that you need some further explanations, so let me provide those for you. Basically, this virtual visa card represents your specific account, but it is actually nothing but a set of random numbers and, of course, a CVV code that will be instantly generated for you. So, you can use it just like you would use your traditional card and there is no waiting period here. In other words, you can start completing transactions the moment you generate those numbers I’ve mentioned.

If you’re not sure how this functions money-wise, let me explain that as well. When you make a transaction with this virtual instrument, the actual cost will be routed back to your underlying account, i.e. the one that is linked to the random set of numbers that you’ve received, meaning that you’ll easily get charged for whatever it is that you have bought. After you’ve completed the purchasing process, the automatically generated number will just as automatically expire, which brings us back to the fact that those numbers are practically useless to potential thieves that might try to steal your information and your money.

Since these cards are not made from plastic given that they are, well, virtual, you can only use them for online transactions. So, if you were planning on giving these random numbers to brick and mortar stores when doing your shopping, you should know that this is impossible. Those stores aren’t equipped to accept virtual cards, but the Internet very well is, meaning that you can easily use them to make online purchases from any suppliers and merchants that accept visa cards in general. Given that we’re all shifting to online shopping in general, I’d say this is enough.

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How To Choose A Provider

Now that you comprehend what virtual cards can do for your business, you are most likely interested in starting to use them. In order to do that, though, you will need to find the perfect provider that will offer you these specific services. Once you begin your online research, because you’ll definitely use the Internet to search for these providers, you will probably get surprised by the number of companies that operate in this line of work. So, the fact that there are so many different providers out there will just make your decision on which one to work with much more difficult.

I get the fact that you might be overwhelmed with all the different options and the choice you have to make, but here’s what you should know. As long as you put some effort into it, you will, without a doubt, manage to make the best possible choice and start working with the perfect provider of these virtual visa cards. Of course, you need to know what it is that you should keep in mind while doing the research and while putting the effort into making this choice, and that’s what I’ll help you out with.

First of all, you should always check the experience of these firms, because the idea of working with amateurs who are just starting out on the market is probably not appealing to you. I am not saying that you should never give new companies a chance, but you would need to be absolutely sure that the new company is legit and capable of providing you with the best services if you decided to give it a chance. This is why going for those more experienced firms is actually a better move because it provides you with a sense of security right away.

There is one thing, however, that is much more important than experience and that you should never take for granted. All of these providers will have built a certain reputation over time and that reputation will be the result of the way they have operated in the market, i.e. of their success or their lack of success. You can check their success and their reputation by learning what other clients have to say about their specific services, meaning that you should read some online reviews before making a choice. Of course, apart from all of this, you should also check the fees offered by these providers, so as to be sure that you are making the smartest choice.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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FG Moves to Improve Midstream, Downstream Operations



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government, through the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), has disclosed plans to unveil six regulations on midstream and downstream operations.

The regulations are being put in place to bring clarity to the sector as well as improve business processes and ease of doing business in the sector.

According to the Authority Chief Executive (ACE) of NMDPRA, Mr Farouk Ahmed, in a statement after a meeting with the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), said the regulations are gas pricing, environmental management plan, environmental remediation fund, decommissioning and abandonment, gas infrastructure fund, and natural gas pipeline tariff.

The ACE also informed that a Working Team chaired by Mr Ogbugo K. Ukoha, Executive Director, Distribution Systems, Storage & Retailing Infrastructure (DSSRI) was set up to review the draft regulations, engage and consult stakeholders for smooth implementation when released.

Mr Ahmed further stated that the Authority was working hard on reducing the sector’s import dependency with more active efforts placed on local options.

“One of our key concerns is boosting local refining. Dangote and BUA refineries are coming on board; however, we want to see more companies investing in refineries so we can stop the importation of refined petroleum products, save our foreign earnings, create jobs and add value to the economy,” he explained.

The NMDPRA boss noted and commended the gradual growth of indigenous players in local exploration and production of petroleum products. He assured of the organisation’s commitment to making the business climate in the midstream and downstream conducive for local and foreign investment to thrive.

On his part, the IPPG Chairman, Mr Abdulrazaq Isa had said that the IPPG was an association of 25 indigenous Exploration and Production (E&P) companies with the vision to promote the continued development of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry for the benefit of industry stakeholders and the nation.

Mr Isa noted that timely communication with industry players was important at this time when the agency was going through a transition period, calling on NMDPRA to, as a matter of urgency, enact regulations on tariffs, domestic gas and clear license issuance modalities amongst others.

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NNPC, Sahara Group Invest $300m to ‘Circulate’ Clean Energy in Africa



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, have taken delivery of two 23,000 CBM Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels.

The delivery happened on Monday at the Hyundai MIPO Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, with plans to add 10 vessels in 10 years to enhance Africa’s transition to cleaner fuels.

The new vessels, MT BARUMK and MT SAPET have increased NNPC and Sahara Group’s joint venture investment to over $300 million, approaching the JV’s $1 billion gas infrastructure commitment by 2026.

The fleet previously comprised MT Sahara Gas and MT Africa Gas. All four vessels were built by Hyundai MIPO Dockyard, a foremost global manufacturer of mid-sized carriers.

WAGL Energy Limited, the JV company between NNPC and Oceanbed (a Sahara Group Company) is driving NNPC’s five-year $1 billion investment plan announced in 2021 to accelerate the decade of Gas and Energy transition agenda over the period.

Speaking on this, NNPC’s GMD, Mr Mele Kyari disclosed that the order of three additional new vessels was being finalised, adding that “we have a target of delivering 10 vessels over the next 10 years. The NNPC and our partners stand out with integrity in our energy transition quest and our commitment to environmental sustainability is unwavering.”

MT BARUMK and MT SAPET are WAGL and Sahara Group’s injections into the JV. WAGL is shoring up its gas fleet and terminal infrastructure, while Sahara Group continues to make remarkable progress in the construction of over 120,000 metric tonnes of storage facilities in 11 African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, and Zambia, among others.

Mr Kyari also said the vessels were critical to driving the Federal Government’s commitment to the domestication of gas in Nigeria through several initiatives and increasing seamless supply in compliance with the mandate of President Muhammad Buhari.

The initiatives –  the LPG Penetration Framework and LPG Expansion Plan are geared towards encouraging the use of gas in households, power Generation, auto-gas and industrial applications in order to attain 5 Million Metric tonnes of LPG consumption by 2025.

“This is another epoch-making achievement for the NNPC and Sahara Group, and we remain firmly committed to delivering more formidable gas projects for the benefit of Nigeria and the entire sub-region,” Mr Kyari said.

On his part, Mr Temitope Shonubi, Executive Director, Sahara Group, said: “WAGL has successfully operated two mid-sized LPG Carriers MT Africa Gas and MT Sahara Gas in the region in keeping with global standards, delivering over 6 million CBM of LPG across West Africa. With the new vessels, we are set to promote and lead Africa’s march towards energy transition.”

Mr Ali Magashi, Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Korea who represented the Federal Government, noted that President Muhammad Buhari deserved commendation for the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) which he said would reposition the NNPC to explore more projects with partners like Sahara Group.

BARUMK was derived from the combination of the name and initials of the late NNPC GMD, Dr Maikanti K. Baru, in fond memory of his immense support for the Gas development in Nigeria. “SAPET” is named after the Sahara – Petroci (the Ivorian National Oil Company) JV LPG Company (SAPET Energy SA.), currently constructing phase one of a 12,000MT LPG storage facility in Abidjan, with expansion plans to achieve 30,000MT in phase two. The JV emerged from WAGL’s trading relationship with PETROCI, dating back to 2014.

LPG is the fastest-growing petroleum product in sub-Sahara Africa over the last decade, with forecasts indicating that LPG will grow at a 7 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the next 15 years.

Increased uptake of LPG will reduce net Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and pressure on forest reserves, thereby increasing environmental sustainability.

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Nigeria’s GDP Grows 3.11% in Q1 2022 Amid Lower Economic Activity



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday said the gross domestic product (GDP) of Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 3.11 per cent on a year-to-year basis in real terms amid lower economic activity, according to the stats office.

In the same period of last year, the GDP stood at 2.60 per cent, 0.51 per cent lower than the figures in Q1 2022 and when compared with the preceding quarter, which was the fourth quarter of 2021 at 3.98 per cent, the current GDP is 0.88 per cent lower.

However, the country’s economy is recording positive growth for the sixth consecutive quarter since the recession witnessed in 2020 when negative growth rates were recorded in the second and third quarters.

In the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at N45,317,823.33 million in nominal terms, higher than the N40,014,482.74 million recorded in the first quarter of 2021, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth rate of 13.25 per cent.

According to the NBS, the nominal GDP growth rate in Q1 2022 was higher relative to the 12.25 per cent growth recorded in the first quarter of 2021 and higher compared to the 13.11 per cent growth recorded in the preceding quarter.

Further analysis indicated that the oil sector contributed 6.63 per cent to the total real GDP in Q1 2022, down from the figures recorded in the corresponding period of 2021 and up compared to the preceding quarter, where it contributed 9.25 per cent and 5.19 per cent respectively.

In the first three months of this year, the real growth of the sector was –26.04 per cent (year-on-year), a decrease of 23.83 per cent compared with the rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2021. Growth decreased by 17.99 per cent points when compared to Q4 2021 which was –8.06 per cent and on a quarter-on-quarter basis, it recorded a growth rate of 9.11 per cent in Q1 2022.

In the period under consideration, the average daily oil production of Nigeria was 1.49 million barrels per day (mbpd), lower than the daily average production of 1.72mbpd recorded in the same quarter of 2021 by 0.23mbpd and lower than the fourth quarter of 2021 production volume of 1.50mbpd by 0.01mbpd.

As for the non-oil sector, it contributed 93.37 per cent to the nation’s GDP in the first quarter of 2022, higher than the share recorded in the first quarter of 2021 which was 90.75 per cent and lower than the fourth quarter of 2021 recorded as 94.81 per cent.

In Q1 2022, the non-oil sector grew by 6.08 per cent in real terms, higher by 5.28 per cent points compared to the rate recorded same quarter of 2021 and 1.34 per cent points higher than the fourth quarter of 2021.

This sector was driven in the first quarter of 2022 mainly by Information and Communication (Telecommunication); Trade; Financial and Insurance (Financial Institutions); Agriculture (Crop Production); and Manufacturing (Food, Beverage & Tobacco).

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