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Multinational transportation company, Uber, is set to launch operation in Benin City, Edo State. The company, which has become a household name in Lagos and Abuja, will be penetrating into the city by the end of this month.

The officials of the company have finalized modalities required for the smooth takeoff of the service with the State Government and they are ready to go. The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) is currently handling the recruitment process for the global company.

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Ukinebbo Dare, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Skills Development and Jobs Creation and Head, EdoJobs, said that the launch would take place at the Edo Innovation Hub, and Governor Godwin Obaseki is expected to grace the occasion.

According to her, “We are working with Uber to finalise modalities for the takeoff of the service in Benin City. We are excited because this helps in getting people meaningfully engaged.

As you know, Uber gives car owners the opportunity to make some money with their cars. But we are keen on the job-creating feature of the service as well.”

Date of launch: She continued that the launch would take place on July 24, and would host a number of dignitaries within the state and beyond. She said, “We expect to have a full house. Early in the day, we will have a chat with journalists and afterwards, the governor takes the zero ride. That would mark the start of the service in Benin City.”

The Edo state is collaborating with Uber: Mrs. Dare further noted that the state government is collaborating with Uber to recruit drivers through its expansive database, calling on people interested in the service to sign up to enjoy its immense benefits.

Uber’s launch in the city is coming several months after Taxify, a rival transportation company began operation in the state.

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This will bring competition in the market as each of the companies will have to fight for its stake in the market.

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