Univasa cruises into Rivers transport sector with innovative IT services


…promises mouth-watering packages for drivers

By Sam Esogwa

As part of it’s expansion programme, a leading information technology e-transport/riding company, Univasa, has extended its operations to Port Harcourt.

Univasa launched its operations in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Emmanuel Event Centre, Rumuigbo, in Grand style.

Speaking to Business Day shortly after the official launching ceremony, the General Manager of Univasa, John Oyakhilome, said the company came all the way from Lagos to Port Harcourt to improve on e-taxing which he said is fraught with a lot of anomalies in Nigeria such as maltreatment and impoverishment of drivers.

The Univasa GM said his company had come to change the story of drivers in Rivers and other states in Nigeria.

He told newsmen: “The reason why we’re launching Univasa in Port Harcourt is because of the issue surrounding e-service in Nigeria, most especially the issue of drivers being underrated; they’re not being treated fairly.

“When we came down to Port Harcourt, the drivers embraced us based on our welfare package, our communication style and the ownership we give to them because we want to treat them as partners and not drivers.

We want to make them feel that they can make some certain decisions with Univasa, not just Univasa making those decisions,” he said.

The Univasa GM disclosed that the drivers stand to enjoy many welfare packages such as acquisition of landed property, enhanced security, regular maintenance of their cars, among others. He assured that with Univasa’s innovative ideas and IT services, the existing gap between drivers and their employers/working partners would be bridged all over the country.

He however said that the company’s focus is to start from where it is now, which is the Univasa App, to where it hopes to be in future. “We’re not just looking at Port Harcourt. We’re looking at every other state in Nigeria because the transport system is wide.

“We’re trying to use technology to bridge that gap. So there will be a lot of innovative ideas that we’re gonna use to bridge that gap first we need to star from where it is presently now which is the Univasa App,” he explained.

Oyakhilome thanked the e-drivers hub for accepting to work with Univasa in Port Harcourt, assuring that the drivers would not regret partnering with the company.

His words: “E-Drivers Hub is the ones who accepted us here in Port Harcourt. We’re really happy with their level of acceptance. We’re looking at working with all drivers in Port Harcourt to making sure that things work smoothly for them. Like one of the welfare packages is landed property.

“We don’t want a situation where you have driven for years and there’s nothing to write home about. You can be able now to buy a land under Univasa; you can be able to change your appliances, think of building your house under Univasa, give your family the best,” he added.

On how the company hopes to make profit, Oyakhilome said Univasa takes just 10 percent of whatever their driver makes from a trip, while the driver takes 90 percent, assuring that the calibre of riders they give to the drivers are well behaved.