In line with the ongoing reformation of the transportation sector, Lagos Governor Baba Jide Sanwo Olu has finalized a plan to introduce Lagos Ride, a modern e-hailing service, in the state.
A new initiative with code. According to the state government, “LagRide” needs to continue to ensure a seamless transportation system for packed commuters in the state. The service with the slogan “Driving comfortably” will soon be launched by the state government.
In March 2021, Sanwo-Olu introduced a new e-taxi program to redefine road traffic in the state. The governor has also signed a partnership agreement with CIG Motors Company Limited to launch the “Lagos Ride” program with a pilot fleet of 1,000 new sports utility vehicle SUVs.
According to Sanwo-Olu, LagosRide would deploy 1,000 units of brand-new SUVs within the Lagos metropolis in the first phase.
The branded SUVs the Lagos government unveiled typically cost upwards of ₦10 million ($26,000) in Nigeria, but the governor revealed that the Cooperative Society in the Lagos Ministry of Wealth Creation will give drivers the room to pay monthly instalments for a period of four years.
At the end of the period, the drivers will be able to fully own the cars.
The government had initially, projected to kick off the project within the next six months which has expired.
This move is yet another ride-hailing initiative with close ties to the state government.
According to Sanwo-Olu, at the unveiling of the project earlier, “The initiative is targeted at improving mobility and creating a multi-modal transportation system for Lagosians.”
Governor continued. “The program meets our wishes that you want to give residents excellent transportation options. Modern driving services are one of the state government’s socio-economic intervention programs and are professionally managed according to global best practices.”
Meanwhile, last Sunday, February 20, 2022, when hundreds of Lagos Ride vehicles were lined up in a convoy at the destination of the route, they drew the attention of drivers and commuters on the Third Mainland Bridge.
The app is stated to be available on the Google Play store, and the franchise describes it as “a mobility solution that allows users to book rides with similar traffic patterns and share costs.”
The app’s trick connects users based on priority pick-up points and drop-off points within 1 km, respectively, and pick-up time within five minutes.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, confirmed the planned official launch of the initiative by Mr Governor.