Nigeria’s Bike Hailing App Gokada Registers 1,000 motorcycle riders in Lagos

On-demand motorbike hailing service located in Lagos is leveraging technology to change the face of transportation in Nigeria. connecting users to the nearest motorbikes within their area thereby helping them move smartly and avoiding traffic.

Gokada uses smart 200 cc motorbikes that are allowed to move on major roads in Lagos unlike the conventional 100 cc motorbikes. Gokada drivers all pass through the Gokada Driver Training School and are re-taught how to properly drive around the streets of Lagos, safely, with a passenger.

Nigeria’s Bike Hailing App Gokada Registers 1,000 motorcycle riders in Lagos.

Gokada says it has registered no fewer than 1,000 motorcycle riders since its inception in 2017.

Mr Deji Oduntan, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, made this known on Wednesday at the formal launching of the Gokada Application at Yaba, Lagos.

Oduntan said that in a bid to change the face of transportation in Nigeria and subsequently Africa, Gokada was planning to have over 5,000 motorcycles in Lagos within the next few months.

“Gokada operates within the Yaba Mainland axis and recently started operations within Victoria Island to Lekki axis in Lagos,’’ he said.

Oduntan said that very soon, Gokada would add more destinations, noting that the company was borne out of the need to empower Nigerians through jobs creation.

“We finance the motorcycles and helmets we give to our riders and they pay a certain amount on a daily basis. The motorcycle becomes their own after a year,” .

Oduntan said that the riders undergo certain training on safety measures before they were registered with the company.

He said the company also ensures that they do comprehensive insurance for their riders in case of accidents.

The chief executive officer said that the company was formally using Gokada Lite App; but due to some challenges, they had to upgrade.

“Although, the Gokada Lite eliminates the use of data, it had the tendencies to over charge customers.

“So, we decided to create a standard app called ‘Gokada app’, which uses data, but does not over charge.

“At present, no fewer than 100,000 customers have downloaded the new app,” Oduntan said.