Churches and associated religious organisations in Nigeria are set to enjoy a reprieve from some of the major administrative, database, accounting and reconciliation challenges they face with Interswitch's new offering, Interswitch Church Solutions.

Unveiled to stakeholders at a media briefing on October 25, 2016, solutions were developed based on the appreciation of the unique requirements of religious organisations in Nigeria, in terms of enterprise resource planning and payment management.

Explaining the new solution, Paul Ohakim, Group Head, Industry and Retail Chains at Interswitch said there are three variants of this solution, which churches can subscribe to:

- Integration of Church accounting system to Interswitch Collections

- Customised mobile app with integrated payment solution from Interswitch

- The Asoriba Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and payments solution for Churches.

The third variant, developed in partnership with Gh-Asoriba Ltd, the Ghanaian startup that won Seedstars Ghana in 2015, offers features such as centralized church data management, church financial analytics and reporting, events planning and calendar management with notifications, detailed membership management.

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“With the introduction of Interswitch Church Solutions, we are extremely excited to partner with as many churches in Nigeria to assist them in integrating virtually every aspect of their activities from communication within various branches as well as with church members to providing easier payment management and clear reporting and tracking, raising administrative standards and promoting accountability,” Paul added.

Also speaking at the launch, the Divisional CEO, Industry Vertical Markets of Interswitch, Mrs. Chinyere Don-Okhuofu said: “Our vision is an all-inclusive one that continues to expand to take cognizance of unique requirements of players in virtually every field of endeavor, particularly where payments are involved, not excluding religious organizations, where we have particularly identified an opportunity to add value, not only to the way payments are made and tracked but to church management as a whole.”

Interswitch recently launched Interswitch Hospital Management Solutions (IHMS), a shared outsourcing infrastructure to help manage non-core functions such as patient record keeping, claims management and other administrative services.