Uber has expanded its footprint to two more cities in Nigeria, Port Harcourt and Ibadan, receptively.
The move is intended to unlock growth opportunities in the cities and now makes Uber available in five cities across the country, including Lagos, Abuja and Benin City.
This expansion means more drivers have access to earning opportunities and more riders have an affordable, convenient and reliable travel solution throughout Nigeria at the tap of a button.
“We are excited about this announcement as we remain committed to keeping riders moving and drivers earning despite the various challenges brought about by the pandemic,” adds Tope Akinwumi, country manager for Uber Nigeria.
Using the Uber app has become a reliable earnings opportunity in Nigeria. “We believe that Uber has the potential to provide an alternative source of income that is pivotal to our efforts to contribute to economic recovery and growth in the country,” says Akinwumi.
Riders in Port Harcourt and Ibadan will have the option of requesting UberX trips and can look forward to receiving an upfront price estimate, which means that they never have to guess how much they will need to pay.
Injury Protection is provided to both riders and drivers, at no cost to them. They are protected from the moment the trip is accepted, through to when the trip ends. Like any other insurance policy, this is subject to terms, conditions and limits.
Putting safety first
Uber said they are committed to improving access to transportation for riders across Nigeria, focusing on affordability and safety.
All drivers, before they start, need to go through a background check, which goes beyond any legal requirement in Nigeria and is industry-leading.
Uber also provides 24/7 customer service and support through a number of different channels to all users.
“Driver-partners have access to support by contacting an Uber representative through in-app Uber help. Uber has further developed safety mechanisms in response to COVID-19, including a pre-trip safety checklist, world-first mask recognition technology and financial assistance to drivers who had been placed on quarantine by a medical professional”, the country manager said.
Economic growth and recovery
During this crisis, platforms like Uber can fuel an economic recovery by quickly giving people flexible work to get back on their feet.
Continuing, Akinwumi said, “At a time when we need more jobs, not fewer, Uber is providing locals with the opportunity to become small business owners”.
Since launch, Uber has provided earnings opportunity for over 20, 000 active driver-partners, and through this expansion, more Nigerians will have a chance at economic growth.
Uber’s technology is open and pro-choice, meaning the app is available to a broad number of transport operators to boost their occupancy rates and chances for profit.
“We plan to be everywhere. We want to be the option of choice for commuters, looking to get to where they need to quickly, safely and conveniently. With that in mind, any progressive, forward-thinking city is where we want to be. We are excited to launch in Ibadan and Port Harcourt, and look forward to growing our footprint in Nigeria,” adds Akinwumi.
Meanwhile, riders in Ibadan can enjoy 50% off 8 trips from Tuesday 5 October 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021, with the code MOVEIBCITY to explore the city!
If you are in Port Harcourt, enjoy 50% off 8 trips from Tuesday 5 October 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021, with the code MOVEPHCITY to explore the city!