Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Aug 31, GNA – Efforts at reducing
transportation stress in Kumasi, to get the nation’s second largest city to
move, work and thrive, has been given a huge boost by the decision of Uber
Technologies Incorporated to extend its operations to the city.
The United States (US) company has strong
presence in more than 600 cities, working with over one million drivers across
Mr. Alon Lits, Uber’s sub-Saharan Africa
General Manager, was on hand to officially open its Kumasi Office on Thursday,
to mark the start of business.
He said their priority was to provide
passengers with safe and comfortable ride at a relatively cheaper cost.
It would be doing this by linking drivers and
their customers through technology.
He said as it helped to bring efficiency into
the transportation system to aid business growth, it would also be creating
South Africa was the first African nation to
have benefitted from Uber services and the company had extended its transport
services to five sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Mr. Lits indicated that the decision to
establish in Kumasi was influenced by the high patronage of its Accra services,
since this began last year.
It operates basically through an online
application, downloaded to help one find a vehicle that could take the customer
to and from any place safely and in comfort and security.
The drivers, Uber had been working with, had
been taken through series of integrity tests and closely monitored by a
tracking system to ensure good customer care.
Mr. Lits said the company was not in to take
over the taxi business and invited owners of vehicles to register with it and
said they would not regret the decision.
Mr. Kofi Agyare, the Country Manager, said
they were determined to maintain high standards, adding that, the safety,
comfort and security of the customer were central to the company’s operation.