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Bolt (formerly Taxify) has launched its ride-hailing service in Port Harcourt. The expansion brings Bolt’s cities in Nigeria to a total of 8: the service is already available in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Owerri, Benin City, Calabar, and Uyo.

Uche Okafor, Bolt’s Regional Manager for West Africa said: “After successful launches in 7 Nigerian cities, expanding to the cosmopolitan city of Port Harcourt is a natural next step for Bolt as it further reinforces our vision to make urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable.

“We are also looking forward to introducing flexible employment opportunities to thousands of drivers and vehicle owners in the city.

“Bolt places a high priority on safety, both for the drivers that use the platform to connect with customers and for the customers that use the platform to hail rides. In keeping with this, we have ensured that our drivers undergo background checks by the State Intelligence Bureau arm of the Nigerian Police.

“We have also integrated an SOS button into our driver’s app that automatically notifies the Police Control Room of the Rivers State Police Command whenever it is activated.”

Musa Suleiman
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