CEO of new ride-hailing platform Ekocab, Segun Cole caused a stir on social media when he revealed that his company was launching the taxi service app in partnership with Lagos State.
Ekocab seeks to bring back yellow taxis back to relevance in the state with the use of app which will see them compete with the likes of Uber, Bolt and Opay’s Ocar.
Meanwhile, with the recent ban on motorcycle in Lagos State by the government, many have suggested that the government was planning to launch its own services to make-up and alleviate traffic situation.
Segun, in a thread on Twitter said he has been a policy Consultant on New Mobility to State Governments. “Advising them on how to better Regulate the Industry and proffering solutions, he said in a tweet.
He also said that the prices would be cheaper and commission would be lesser compared to what obtains in the market.
23. The Data that's generated is done on Lagos Infrastructure and first belongs to Lagosians before its Ekocab or any companys. This is Our Mission.
Can I have your support, Dear Lagosians?
— _Sir_Cole (@IamnotChuckBass) March 11, 2020
The social community however did not take his comments lightly with some citing that the government owned Ekocab and there was no way the company would have been able to have a right to the name “Eko”.
I was part of the team that developed Ekobet. A private company that had nothing to do with the government. The Govt kicked against the name. You can't use 'Eko' when it's not government owned or co-owned. It's not possible.
How did Ekocab happen?
— Olukanni Oyinda (Pmonkz) (@Pmonkz) March 11, 2020
Some other even suggested that the government deliberately wants to initiate stringent measure to frustrate the major players in the industry by insisting on License fees, hackney permits and Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) card for drivers certificate for drivers.
You and those that brought you onboard are not serious.
You thought Uber, Bolt and Opay got to where they are with your kind of disposition.
You can afford to act and sound this way because of the Govt that sent you.
A govt that care so less.
— BONARIO NNAGS (@bonario89) March 11, 2020
To Sum it up "He wants to launch Ekocab with the help of Lagos Govt with the business knowledge stolen from Uber"
— JEREMY FRANKSON (@jerryfrankson) March 11, 2020
Segun further in his tweet also mentioned that Ekocab would indulge in the business of selling data with claiming that it is a norm with companies.
“At Ekocab, we want to take things further. There’s barely a Company that’s not selling Users data. Ekocab Mobility Data that doesn’t invade privacy and trade secrets would be sold and profits shared with our drivers.”
At the time of this report, the Lagos State government was yet to officially announce its involvement in Ekocab but one of its spokepersons, Jubril Gawat who is Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Lagos State Governor on New Media dropped made a pass on the matter
I said it yesterday that the Old Lagos Cab guys came together in order to compete properly with technology like others.. Someone did an app for them and they launched.. but u are using ur internet fingers to destroy their work .. Now u are deleting the FAKE NEWS .. U pple sef 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/t7EgIC2o0D
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) March 11, 2020
Would the Lagos State Government come publicly on Ekocab or would the business run like a private entity as presented by its CEO? Stay with us for more updates and reactions.