Opera Payment Transport System (Opay) continues to expand its transportation innovation across Nigeria. In Enugu, it has introduced an on-demand e-hailing tricycle service called OTrike. Following the pattern of other e-haling services, you can book a tricycle at the comfort of your home at affordable fare rate.
The introduction of this service came with an enticement of N100 per trip for the month of October, no matter where in the town you are going.
It’s a change in the system that tricycle operators in the state have welcomed with open arms and riders too found a sense of relief in the development.
Commenting on the launch of OTrike in the state, the Chairman, Enugu State Tricycle Riders Association, Mr. Benjamin Ikah, applauded the initiative but noted that the state government has introduced security numbers for tricycle operators in the state.
He said the recent introduction of security numbers has come as a way to minimize the tendency of crime, since it identifies riders and holds them accountable for their actions. He therefore urged those enrolled into the Opay-OTrike system to go any unit of Keke riders in the state to obtain their numbers.
“So we want every tricycle rider to go and get his own security number before the enforcement, which will result in impounding of tricycles at the end of three months,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary of the Enugu State Ministry of Transport, Mr. Ogbonna Idike, who graced the occasion of the launch, also praised Opay for transforming Keke riding services into a dignifying service in the state.
He noted that OTrike will provide a practical alternative to many graduates who have no jobs. He said the launch of OTrike is therefore seen as youth empowerment and job creation by the state government.