In its bod of giving back to the country, Nigeria’s indigenous automaker, Innoson Vehicle Motors (IVM) is set to launch a vehicle-hailing service in Eastern Nigeria called IVM Connect, a replica of UBER, Bolt and other hail riding services in Q4 2020. According to Techpoint, they will begin with 200 vehicles and then ramp up to 500, covering most parts of Eastern Nigeria. Drivers will be trained by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Prospective drivers to operate the fleet must be tech-savvy, and with a capacity to pay back the vehicle within two years via a hire purchase agreement. For the integrity of the hire purchase system, all transactions would be electronic.
Speaking on this, Cornel Osigwe, IVM’s head of Corporate Communications, said that this was necessary at this period to address the challenge of inadequate transport services in the state.
According to him, the company already has a fleet of 200 branded hatchback cars — products of its manufacturing plant in Nnewi, Anambra state– available to launch with in the first week of October. The plan, however, is to roll out up to 5000 vehicles and expand to Owerri and other Eastern states within one year of launch.
For the ease of meeting the requirements expected from drivers, IVM is partnering with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for the purpose of recruitment, training, and issuing necessary licenses to qualified drivers. But that’s not the only partnership involved in this project.
To ensure proper driver onboarding, IVM outsourced drivers’ registration and selection processes to a job recruitment company. While the company has created a web portal on the website for this purpose, it is also developing a mobile app named IVMCruise.
However, the company is deliberate about the requisites for interested drivers. The lowest level of accepted academic qualification is OND, Osigwe puts it to how the drivers have to be tech-inclined. In addition to this, they must own a smartphone, be a resident of Enugu and be ready to pay back for the vehicle within two years.