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EdoJobs, Uber finalise plans as ride-hailing platform set to launch in Benin City

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The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs), has finalised modalities and Greenlight activities as Uber, ride-hailing company, is set to launch in the city of Benin.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie said EdoJobs and the State’s Investment Promotion Office are finalising arrangements with the Uber team to ensure the smooth take-off of the service in Benin City.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (4th left); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele (3rd right); Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero (2nd right); Commissioner for Infrastructure, Hon. Osahon Amiolemen (right), with the management team of global ridehailing platform, Uber, after a business meeting at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State

The global ride-sharing service is scheduled for launch in Benin City on July 24, 2019, at the Edo Innovation Hub, in Benin City. Uber will also be launching its Greenlight Hub – a support centre for its driver-partners on the same day.

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He added that the state government is passionate about attracting investors and businesses to the state, which makes the coming of Uber to the state another testament to the state’s openness to business and investment.

According to him, “We are committed to opening up the business space in Edo State and have ensured that investors get the needed support to set up a base in Edo State and enjoy from our comparative advantage as a logistic hub in the South-South region. So, it is not so surprising that the government’s openness to investors has attracted Uber to Benin City. We task our youths and upwardly-mobile residents to take advantage of the service in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Skills Development and Jobs Creation, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said that the state government is keen on attracting investors and ensuring that inflow of investments into the state is sustained.

According to her, “We are working closely with Uber for its launch in Benin City. There was a recent engagement with drivers at the Edo Innovation Hub, where we engaged with drivers who will operate on the platform. We are excited about the coming of the service in Benin and are working closely to ensure its smooth take-off.”

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Investment Promotion, Mr. Kelvin Uwaibi, said that the State’s investment promotion drive is yielding the desired results, and efforts are being synergised among relevant government agencies to attract more investment into other sectors of the state’s economy.

“With Uber’s coming, we are very confident that more investors will be looking at Benin to expand their businesses,” he added.

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