Uber says it has commenced the process of empowering at least one million Nigerian women as driver-partners by 2020.
The General Manager, West Africa, Uber, Lola Kassim, disclosed this to our correspondent, saying that it was the company’s priority in the forthcoming year.
Kassim said, “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 utilise the app, and 7,000 driver-partners. In Ghana, there are 140,000 active riders and 3,000 drivers signed up to use the app. Riding on this growth, we have commenced the process of empowering more women as riders and our target before the end of 2020 is to have at least one million on the platform.
“The steadily growing number of Uber driver-partners in countries across the region is a 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.”
According to her, with technology at its core, Uber also invests heavily in supporting its driver-partners in their business 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,” she added.