Provider of technology that connects drivers with passengers, Uber, said 1.8 million active riders are now using its app in Nigeria and other African countries since its operation commenced in the continent in 2013.
Uber General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits, who disclosed this said it was clear that Uber has achieved a lot in a short time while the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has also benefitted from Uber’s arrival.
He said with Uber, citizens have a new, reliable way to get around, entrepreneurs have found a new way to earn an income and cities have also benefitted – with possibly less cars on the road and therefore less carbon emissions.
According to him, in a region of high unemployment and stagnating economic prospects, Uber’s business partnership approach provides an accessible means for entrepreneurs 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.
Lits said 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.
“Currently, we have more than 29 000 driver-partners taking advantage of Uber’s earning opportunities. Drivers love being as flexible as they like; earning what they want, when they want, whether it’s a full-time entrepreneur or someone looking to supplement their income,” he said.
“Ongoing commitment to our driver-partners is a key priority; ensuring they receive the latest in technological innovations means they can be at the top of their game.”
Uber continues to open support hubs across the continent to ensure driver-partners are well-equipped.
“Apart from existing hubs across the continent, three more of these state-of-the-art Greenlight Hubs were opened in Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Kampala, Kumasi and Lagos this year and, in addition to offering driver-partners technical and app support, Uber also offers information sessions and workshops to driver-partners,” he said.
He explained that the 1.8 million active riders using the app since Uber’s launch on the continent is testament to the new mode of transport that riders are embracing, which is not hard to believe when with Uber, riders have access to safety features such as driver and vehicle identification, in-app help, global positioning system (GPS) and feedback post each trip.