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The most popular Ride hailing platform, Uber has reiterated the fact that they want to help to create economic opportunities for driver-partners through technology. This, according to them remains one of their key priorities for West Africa for the rest of 2017, and in 2018 too.

They made this known at a media roundtable which was held by the recently appointed General Manager for Uber in West Africa; Lola Kassim, where she said that “Uber’s business partnership approach provides an accessible means for driver-partners to not only supplement their own income, but also to become small business owners, thereby helping to improve the lives and futures of individuals, families and communities.”

Lola Kassim, Uber West Africa
Lola Kassim, Uber West Africa

” In Nigeria, Uber has 267, 000 riders who actively utilize the app, and 7,000 driver-partners. In Ghana, there are 140,000 active riders and 3000 drivers signed up to use the App. The steadily growing number of Uber driver-partners in countries across the region is testament to the appeal of the model, because it creates real opportunities for local entrepreneurs. And as demand for rides also grows, so does the demand for driver-partners.” 

Further more, Lola Kassim made clear that “With technology at its core, Uber also invests heavily in supporting its driver-partners in their businesses through ongoing innovation as well as physical presences in the form of support centres known as the Greenlight Hubs.”

“Apart from the existing Greenlight Hubs across Sub Saharan Africa, five more of these state-of-the-art Hubs were opened in Lagos, Kumasi, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala, this year and, in addition to offering driver-partners technical and app support, they also offer information sessions and tailored workshops to driver-partners, focusing on training and skills development.

Uber has been operating in the Nigerian market for a while and it proves to be a very large one as well, even at the face of competition from Taxify and Smartcab. They have also launched great features which enables driver-partners to choose when, where, and how they drive very easily. The price fare, which would now cater for time spent in traffic has also been increased.