Ekocab: Tech Twitter Attacks Lagos State Government E-hailing App

Ekocab: Tech Twitter Attacks Lagos State Government E-hailing App

Still smarting from the okada and motorcycles highway ban as well as the alleged clampdown on private ride-hailing services, tech Twitter users came after the collaborative effort between Ekocab and the Lagos State governement.

 

While the Ekocab App has existed since 2019 — with its last update being on 20th September 2019 — the recent partnership with the Lagos State government gave it more attention. Even its Twitter page exists since June 2019.

 

Its bio reads:

 

“Evolving the way Lagosians travel, by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app.”

 

And while this will be subject to customers’ review, the app already has one of the poorest ratings any app on Google Play Store has. The reason for this is not far-fetched.

 

Following tweets announcing Ekocab, many Twitter users frowned at the initiative. Most of the negative responses were about the fact that many saw it as clear abuse of power.

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One user thus came up with a way to stall its progress. He tweeted:

 

Ekocab

 

This was no ordinary tweet. It sparked what seems to be a movement. Just hours after this post, checking the Ekocab App page showed the poor ratings. The negative feedbacks condemned everything about the app.

 

Ekocab Lagos State
Screenshot of negative app reviews on Ekocab App page.

 

However, not all the reviews are just for the sake of putting the app down. For example, the link to the website does not work when tried as well.

 

Will the Ekocab compete with already established ride-hailing services like Uber, Taxify, InDriver and so on? With a government’s backing this may be possible. However, it remains to be seen.

 

For now, the first reception has been largely discouraging.

 

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

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