Lagos Taxi Operations Now More Sophisticated With Entrance Of New SUVs

Yemisi Izuora

Lagos State has entered into new collaboration with Choice International Group (CIG) Motors Co. Ltd. with the unveiling on Thursday, March 4, of 1,000 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) as taxis for Lagos residents.

The event which held at the Lagos House, Marina also featured the signing of an agreement for the establishment of a Motor Assembly Plant in Lagos State.

The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the Lagos State Taxi Scheme was another innovative policy of his administration targeted at making life easier for Lagosians; improving mobility and also creating a seamless multi-modal transport system.

Sanwo-Olu said that the scheme would create jobs, accelerate socio-economic growth, as well as further put the state on the global map as the centre of excellence and a modern megacity committed to sustainable development.

He said that a major attribute of a modern megacity was a world-class transport system with inter-connected services and mobility choices for the citizens.

According to him, the task of bequeathing a safe, efficient, quick, and also modern public transport system is a key thrust of the administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda.

At the unveiling of ‘Lagos Ride’ today, a transportation scheme that will deploy 1,000 units of brand new SUVs within the metropolis, we also signed a JV Agreement to set up a Vehicle Assembly Plant with CIG Motors in Lagos.

— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) March 4, 2021

”We are guided by the need for an equitable transport system with mobility choices for our people.

”The Taxi Scheme, to be known as ”Lagos Ride”, which is being inaugurated today is in fulfilment of our desire to give Lagosians transport choices.

”It is one of the State Government’s socio-economic intervention programmes; a modern ride-hailing service that will be professionally managed in line with global best practices.

”Under the State Taxi Service, drivers/operators will be given the cars for a period of four years; during which they pay a monthly instalment; and they will have the opportunity of owning the cars after they have fully paid the hire amount.

”The Lagos State Taxi Service is structured along with a profitability model; it is self-sustaining and able to expand and regenerate itself,” he said.

The Governor added that the Taxi Service represented everything Lagos State stood for; as it was a viable means of promoting the Lagos brand.

He urged the drivers and operators to be of good conduct; as it was their chance to promote the state as a place of opportunities with a level playing ground for everyone who was ready to work hard to accomplish their dreams.

He said that the establishment of the Motor Assembly Plant was expected to revive industrialisation; increase citizens’ employment and wealth creation, boost tourism, and encourage technology sharing, adaptation, and advancement.

The Group Chairman, CIG Motors, Diana Chen, said that the Assembly Plant and the Lagos Taxi Scheme were among Sanwo-Olu’s China trip output and delivery.

”Today, we are also very glad to announce ”Lagos Ride”, a Lagos taxi scheme.

”At the time when 1,000 units of branded beautiful GS3, GAC SUVs with high-tech technology; arrive and run across Lagos streets and roads; also 1,000 well-trained drivers will carry our happy customers that work and live in Lagos; at that time we will celebrate this exciting moment again,”Chen said.

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