Uber-esque app for Keke Marwa

MATATU, AN UBER-ESQUE APP FOR TRICYCLE IS SET TO HIT LAGOS SOON.

Tech is providing solutions to real life, Nigerian problems. Innovation is best when it tackles relatable problems and this is why we are excited about this app. A new tech startup is ready to launch a Tricycle ride sharing service in Lagos, Nigeria. The app will make it possible for passengers to book tricycle rides to various location around town from the convenience of their mobile devices. To kick the product off, the app will be available on iOS and android operating systems. Through the app passengers can see available tricycles closest to them, book a ride and make payments for rides. Cash payment also are allowed. The developers of the app are promising safety to riders as they have gathered and trained many Keke Maruwa drivers, these drivers are signed under them. In accordance to the startup’s policy, all Keke Maruwa signed must be at most two years old.

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Motor Tricycle plays a big role in public transportation in Nigeria. Looking out most Nigeria roads, these tricycles popularly called Keke Maruwa are seen transporting people and goods from one end of town to another. Most commuter prefer the Keke Maruwa to regular public buses because they’re easier to fill up, moderately open thereby allowing free air, less crowded, less bulky thereby easier to ride through traffic jams.

Tackling the fact that tricycles are not allowed into some areas around Lagos, the creators of Matatu plan on working with the state government to grant access to their drivers into these restricted areas.

Confirming the claim, Chief Executive Officer of Matatu, Samuel Ajiboyede said

We have had meetings with the state ministry of transportation on this technology. I can tell you that they are excited about it and have expressed readiness to work with us. We also discussed the need to grant Matatu special access to some areas that Maruwa operators are denied access and we have been assured that the proposal will be considered

The startup also hopes, just like Uber, to manage transportation businesses for Keke Maruwa owners who may not be available to monitor the daily running cost and logistics. Convenience through tech-powered innovations are meeting local peculiar Nigeria needs. More applications like Matutu are expected to make life easier for the average Nigerian. Lagos, get ready, Matutu is coming to meet you.

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