LAGOS TO ROLL OUT TAXI SCHEME KNOWN AS LAGOS RIDE AND ESTABLISH A MOTOR ASSEMBLY PLANT.
Uploaded by Michael George on March 5, 2021
The Lagos State Government has signed a joint venture agreement with a motoring company for the establishment of a motor assembly plant in the State.
One thousand vehicles for the Lagos Taxi Scheme, known as “Lagos Ride” were also commissioned during the ceremony at the Lagos House Marina.
In his remarks, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that as soon as the one thousand vehicles arrive, they would be given to trained drivers under the social investment plans on a four-year instalment payment plan.
According to the Governor, both the motor assembly and taxi scheme is part of his administration’s vision to eradicate poverty through job creation.
The Governor stated that the larger plan was to scale up the vehicles to about five to seven thousand taxis over the next six months to one year and the assembling plant in the next 18months.
The Governor pointed out that the new taxi scheme was to create choices for Lagosians and to ensure that new vehicles, befitting the status of the State as a tourist destination is available.
He reassured residents that the plan for the State’s intermodal transportation is still on course while the State “last mile” small vehicles, intended to take commuters to their final destinations after disembarking from the high capacity buses would soon be unveiled.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Company, Chief Diana Chen who said her organisation was committed to building one of the best Nigerian-African Brands stated that 50 Nigerian students interested in engineering would be trained for two years at the best vocational school in China, and later this year, the Africa film festival would be held in China to promote the Nigerian creative industry, Nollywood.
Our correspondent Yemisi Dada reports that the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde assured us that the new taxi scheme would be self-sustaining under the public-private partnership arrangement.