Makinde Launches New Shared Ride Service in Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, launched a new taxi service codenamed “AFRICAR” in Ibadan on Thursday. The taxi calling service was launched in a well attended ceremony with 150 of the taxis. the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the new taxi service had already started operating in Ibadan and residents applauded its introduction. Makinde said the introduction of taxi service in Ibadan was in line with his administration’s goal of attracting investors to the state. The Governor, represented by his Chief of Staff Segun Ogunwuyi, said the launch of AFRICAR in Ibadan had attested to the business-friendly atmosphere his administration provides to investors. Mr. Makinde expressed his delight at witnessing yet another demonstration of his administration’s commitment to making life comfortable for state residents. “I am very pleased to be at today’s event, which is yet another demonstration of our administration’s commitment to making life comfortable for our people. “This will improve the socioeconomic activities of the citizenry and the state in general,” he said. The governor said that transportation was obviously important to economic activity and social life in a state. According to him, the current economic situation in Oyo State is due to many factors, not the least of which is the development and continuous improvement of our public transport system. “The state has witnessed and continues to witness tremendous growth in the transportation sector since the start of this administration in the areas of transportation infrastructure and vehicle acquisition for public transportation,” he said. The governor said his administration had purchased 109 mass transit buses labeled “Omituntun” Bus Mass Transit and built four bus terminals at Iwo Road, Challenge and Ojoo. He congratulated Stallion Group, owners of AFRICAexpressing the hope that the launch will bear more interesting fruits as they collaborate with their government for the welfare of the people. In his remarks, the minister praised the Stallion Group, a homegrown conglomerate that has been adding value for the past 52 years. The Minister thanked Mr. Makinde for the welcoming environment provided to AFRICAR and added that AFRICAR’s platform would transform the transportation industry in the state, providing low-cost travel and employment opportunities. Commenting, Sahil Vaswani, Executive Director of AFRICAR, said that all cars used for the project were assembled in Lagos at Stallion Group’s Von Plant. Mr. Vaswani said that AFRICAR, in partnership with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), had developed the Bajaj Qute cars used for the new shuttle taxi. “This car is assembled in Nigeria by Nigerians and is eco-friendly, with 50 percent lower carbon emissions than the average car,” he said. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Makinde Launches New Shared Ride Service in Ibadan