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We’re Committed to Creating Economic Opportunities for Nigerians Through Technology-Kassim



By peter oluka

Uber has reiterated that continually creating economic opportunities for driver-partners through technology remains one of its key priorities for West Africa for the rest of 2017, and in the forthcoming year.

This was shared at a media roundtable by Lola Kassim, the recently appointed general manager for Uber in West Africa.

“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.

“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.”

Explaining further, she said: “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.

In a move to further re-iterate its commitment to Nigerian driver-partners, Uber recently rolled out a number of powerful features that have made it even easier for driver-partners to choose when, where, and how they drive.

Uber also recently increased fares The new fare structure ensures that  time spent in traffic is accounted for, providing driver-partners and riders with a more reliable experience.


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NIPOST Launches Cargo Haulage Service, E-commerce



The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has inaugurated two new products, “Cargo Haulage Service and E-Commerce’’.

Mrs Nkiru Onaga, Deputy Manager, E-commerce and Logistics, NIPOST South East, performed the inauguration on Thursday at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The fair was organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA).

She said e-commerce and logistics were some of the latest services NIPOST was rendering to participants at the fair.

Onaga said inaugurating such services at the fair was one of the high points of the event, as exhibitors would no longer worry about how to ferry their goods to the desired destinations at the end of the fair.

“We have arrays of products and services here but most importantly e-commerce and logistics. Logistics means cargo haulage. You can haul your goods or parcel no matter how cumbersome from one end to another.

“We are professionals inexpertise to deliver,” she said.

According to her, inquiries about our services at the fair have been on the rise, as NIPOST has been repositioned to serve Nigerians better.

Onaga explained that the services were affordable and serving participants at the fair effectively.

Other services available at NIPOST stand include e-money services, speed post services and sales of stamps.

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NIPOST Launches e-money Service at Enugu Trade Fair



The Nigerian Postal Service has launched its Electronic online Money Order Service at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The NIPOST Post-cash is the only medium through which participants at the fair send and receive money as there are no other banking services in the complex.

Mr Irmiya Kylawe, General Manager, Marketing Department of NIPOST, said that the service had been making brisk businesses sending and paying their customers at the fair.

Kylawe said that the process was an instant one stop shop of sending and receiving money across the country.

He described the post-cash as efficient and reliable, adding that the patronage had been high since the fair began.

The general manager said that post-cash was one of the innovations and products introduced to revive NIPOST and make it competitive.

“There are lots of services that we are rendering here through reinvention of our old products.

“You can see that participants at the fair have been paying and even receiving money by using our Point of Sales (POS).

“This is the only banking service in the trade fair for now and it is serving them,” he said.

Kylawe said that the innovations became necessary in order to attract people back to the products of NIPOST.

Also, Mr Willie Ekong, NIPOST Zonal Manager, South-East, said that the service had been effectively repositioned for the attainment of strategic importance, operational efficiency and financial aggression.

Ekong said that the ongoing restructuring was to take their services to the door steps of Nigerians, thereby, enhancing postal penetration, affordability and accessibility.

He said that the volume of mails being collected at NIPOST was on the increase.

“Do not think that advent in technology is a threat. It only plays complementary role to what we do,” he said.

He said that funding had been the major challenge of NIPOST but assured that the Postal Bill currently before the National Assembly would further remove the remaining bottlenecks in their operations.

“The Postal Bill will be an added impetus in taking the post to the desired level. The bill has two major components.

“We are not thinking of privatising the post, rather the bill is to make NIPOST highly commercialised to enhance mercantile and create an independent regulator,” he said.

Ekong said that the independent regulator would regulate the activities of courier companies.

“We need to regulate the courier services and see that NIPOST as a national carrier is not embarking on extortion of money from Nigerians,” Ekong said.

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SAHCOL Truck Bumps into Arik Aircraft, Another Grounded in Owerri



Arik Air has reported to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) the incidents involving its aircraft and Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) which occurred on Sunday, when SAHCOL step ramped into their Boeing 737-700 at MMA2 in Lagos.


The company said that this is in line with standard operating procedure and safety standards.



The aircraft, which was scheduled to operate W3 744 (Lagos-Port Harcourt), had its left side leading edge of horizontal stabilizer damaged.



They said that another aircraft was provided immediately for the Port-Harcourt bound passengers. Our team of engineers later fixed the damaged aircraft which has since returned to service.



In the second incident, the airline’s Bombardier CRJ900 marked 5N-JEB, operating Owerri-Lagos flight has been grounded at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.



This is as a result of technical issue on ground at the Sam Mbakwe airport in Owerri during pre-departure procedure.



A relief aircraft was immediately sent to Owerri to take the already checked in passengers to Lagos with minimum delay.



“We apologize to our customers on the flight for the inconveniences they might have experienced as a result of the incident.



“We remain committed to our safety policy, high operating standard and customer service.

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