(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of efforts to address the safety and security concerns in associated with motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, the Ekiti State government has entered into a partnership with Metro Africa Xpress (MAX.ng), one of the leading mobility platform focused on Nigeria and West Africa.
Ekiti State is working with MAX.ng to transform informal motorcycle and tricycle transportation (also called Keke) in the state.
A statement explained that the state has partnered with MAX.ng to deploy MetroGov, a secure urban mobility platform that uses next-generation technology to provide identity management, remote monitoring, crime prevention, digital payments, and financial audit solutions.
It stated that Ekiti State was taking the lead in securing and digitising transportation.
“The state has an estimated population of three million people and over 100,000 motorcycle and tricycle operators across the state. As part of the recently launched Ekiti State Mobility Transformation Project (ESMOT), the state aims to formalise the transportation industry while delivering safety, security, insurance, vehicle financing and other essential support services to transport operators.
“By deploying MetroGov, the government seeks to accelerate its transformation plan for the transport industry. The MetroGov platform provides digital identities for drivers and a platform for vehicle registration and tracking. Motorcycle operators would also be trained and licensed.
“Operators registered on the platform would eventually gain access to affordable health insurance, life insurance, and vehicle financing. The platform would also enable increased transparency by providing data for more effective revenue collection to drive infrastructure development in the state,” it explained.
The MetroGov platform is expected to provide the government with greater visibility into urban mobility and would aid the implementation of more effective safety and security standards.
The data captured would assist the government in the development of effective responses, interventions and policies to optimize the Ekiti State transport industry. The goal is to ensure that all riders, drivers and vehicles are registered on the platform, licensed, and properly trained.
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POTENTIAL IMPACT: The initiative will formalise the transportation industry, provide safety, security, insurance, vehicle financing and other essential support services to transport operators in the state. It will also help fast-track the state government’s restructuring plan for the transportation industry, provide digital identities for drivers, alongside registration for vehicles and tracking services, while motorcycle operators would also be trained and licensed.
In addition, registered operators would have access to cheap health and life insurance cover and car loans, engender openness by providing data for more efficient revenue collection to accelerate infrastructural development of the state, while provide the government with greater visibility into urban mobility and would aid the implementation of more effective safety and security standards.
In all, the initiative will ensure that motorcycle riders, drivers and vehicles are captured on the platform, licensed, and properly trained.