Taxify finally makes move to extend operations to Ibadan after successful pilot tests in Lagos and Abuja. The international transportation company allows people request a taxi or a private driver from their phones using the Taxify app.
The Country Manager revealed this new intention to begin operations in Ibadan in an interview with Nigerian Tribune. It believes this move will provide ample employment opportunities for Ibadan’s teeming labour population.
Uche Okafor, Country Manager Nigeria, Taxify, said the company ‘has been in the Nigerian market for a few years and within this time we have seen tremendous growth in the tech-powered transportation space. Lagos was our pilot city, followed by Abuja where again we have recorded impressive growth.’
Okafor touts Employment as a big impact the move will have on the people of Ibadan and Nigeria.
‘Our vision for the Nigerian market has always been to build the best way to move within all bigger cities and the exciting thing about this vision is that it bears fruits that manifest on socioeconomic levels. One of such fruits is employment – we provide an app-based platform where anyone with a valid driver’s license and verified documentation can sign up to drive and earn a living. Another such fruit is security – being able to get reliable on-demand transportation, especially at night.’ Okafor said.
When asked about why the choice of Ibadan as a new operation hub for the web-based company, Okafor pointed its population as being a motivation for the decision.
‘The city of Ibadan is attractive for the same reasons – the city boasts a three-million plus strong populations many of whom are young, vibrant people who simply need the right platform with which to make money for themselves on a flexible schedule.’
‘The city is also home to a lot of people, from students to young professionals and beyond for whom the reliability, affordability and security that the Taxify app provides is a major draw. Our only competition is showing the people of Ibadan that moving from place to place hassle-free, safe and cost friendly within their city.’
The planned move will happen this year in 2018, Okafor reveals.