The launch comes after weeks of engagements between Edo State Government and Uber officials, after finalising modalities for the smooth take-off of the service in the city. The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) is already leading the charge with the recruitment of riders on the platform.
Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Skills Development and Jobs Creation and Head, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said the launch would take place at the Edo Innovation Hub, and Governor Godwin Obaseki was expected to grace the occasion.
According to her, “We are working with Uber to finalise modalities for the take-off 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.”
She said the event would take place on July 24, and would host a number of dignitaries within the state and beyond, noting, “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.” She added that the state government is collaborating with Uber to also recruit drivers through its expansive database, calling on people interested in the service to sign up to enjoy its immense benefits.
Source: – Thisday, Page 25
Airtel Lists 3.7 Billion Shares On NSE – Punch, Page 29
Airtel Africa Plc has listed 3,758,151,504 ordinary shares on the main board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The NSE said the shares were listed at an offer price of N363 per ordinary share. It added that the listing of the company’s shares added N1.36tn to the total market capitalisation of the Exchange, further deepening the market.
“It will also increase the visibility of Airtel Africa to investors on the continent and across the globe,” the NSE said in a statement. The Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, Mr Raghunath Mandava, said the company was delighted to be listed on the main board of the Exchange.
He said, “This is an exciting time for Airtel Africa in the 14 countries it operates in and an important milestone in our development as a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in Africa.”
The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, said the company remained committed to building a leadership position in the country, describing Nigeria as a great place for business. He noted that investors had been interested to hear the company’s story to invest in the business and share the future with them. The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr Oscar Onyema, commended Airtel Africa for taking the bold step to list on the Exchange.