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Uber Launches “Okada” Option in Ibadan

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Ubermoto in Ibadan

Uber has announced the launch of a motorcycle option, UberMoto, to join its product offering in Nigeria. UberMoto is a two-wheeler low-cost alternative and smart mobility option for city residents to navigate traffic quicker and effectively to get from one place to another.

It is interesting that Uber is getting into this space and that it chose Ibadan to commence its operations. It is definitely following in the success of SafeBoda who kicked off its bike-hailing operations in the same city in 2020.

In a statement made available to Innovation Village, UberMoto is extending its current product offerings already available in the city with safety, reliability, and convenience just a tap away. Residents of Ibadan are now able to travel around the city by requesting the well trusted motorcycles (Okadas) which are now available on the Uber app.

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Uber started its operations in Ibadan in October 2021 with UberX and this new product offering which minimum fare starts at N100, offers riders a 78% lower-cost alternative.

According to Tope Akinwumi, Country Manager for Uber in Nigeria, “As we recover, we know we need to continue to offer solutions that respond to consumers who are looking for smart mobility solutions, while providing new revenue streams and earning opportunities for drivers.

“It makes sense for us to launch a product that will help passengers get to their destination quicker, which is where we can leverage our technology and we are excited to introduce UberMoto to make this a reality,” he added

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UberMoto carries the same door-to-door safety features as any other Uber option such as Injury Protection, 24/7 support, including driver background checks and screenings.

Uber’s goal is to always provide innovative products and services to help improve the rider and driver experience on the app. “We are excited that we are able to expand our options and provide an opportunity with a wider and more cost-effective range of options for both the riders and drivers in the city while navigating traffic seamlessly,” concludes Akinwumi.

To request a trip on UberMoto, riders need to simply open the app and tap on UberMoto, they can then select cash or card as their payment option. Riders will also be able to see whether others have had a good experience with the UberMoto drivers and will be able to contact each other via the app if there is any confusion around pick-up details.

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Uber is available in over 54 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa and in over 10 000 cities in over 65 countries.

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