Uber, the convenient, inexpensive and safe taxi service is shutting down its operations in Lagos albeit temporarily.
The move follows the Lagos State government decision to hold the Local Government Election on Saturday- 22 of July, 2017.
Uber in a Whatsapp message to its subscribers says on Friday it was winding down its Lagos operations for the duration of the elections.
The company while apologising for the inconvenience says it will however resume full operations from 3pm.
THE WHATAPP STATEMENT READS:
”Don’t worry – we’ll be available at 3PM again!
”The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) will be holding the local government and council elections on Saturday, 22 July 2017.
”As a result, there will be vehicle restrictions on the roads between 7AM and 3PM.
”We’d like to inform you that you’ll be unable to request an Uber between this time and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
‘We’ll be back in full swing from 3PM to get you around the city!
‘Uber’ is an American based company which is quickly expanding to some of the main cities from around the world.
Launched in San Francisco, California in 2008, Uber now operates in 621 plus cities in 77 countries.
It is a location-based app that makes hiring an on-demand private driver…easy.
Hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your destination with the tap of a button on your phone.
However, Uber requires that its drivers pass a DMV and background check. They also must have their own car and it must be insured.
The nearest driver is often at your pickup location within minutes.
Not only is this an on-demand car service, but you can even watch as your driver is en-route to come pick you up.
LAGOS LG ELECTION
Lagos State on Wednesday announced the extension of the restriction of movement for the July 22, 2017 local government election, from 7am to 3pm.
The state government had earlier announced that the restriction would start from 8am till 2pm.
Steve Ayorinde, commissioner for information and strateg says in a statement.
According to Mr. Ayorinde the restriction was slightly expanded to allow for a smooth conduct of the local government elections and unhindered participation.
He reiterates the call for a peaceful and orderly conduct by the electorates during the polls to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state.
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