Bolt ap­points new coun­try man­ager for Nige­ria

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ON-de­mand trans­porta­tion plat­form, Bolt for­merly known as Tax­ify, has ap­pointed Femi Ak­inlaguda as the Coun­try Man­ager for its op­er­a­tions in Nige­ria.

The firm said Akin­laduga had served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties at Bolt over the last three years, most re­cently as City Man­ager for La­gos where he en­gi­neered the in­tro­duc­tion of an iden­tity ver­i­fi­ca­tion por­tal and a first-of-its-kind safety fea­ture for driv­ers and rid­ers in the coun­try.

It added that Ak­inlaguda had been se­lected to drive the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions and ex­pan­sion moves across Nige­ria.

Bolt’s Re­gional Man­ager for West Africa, Uche Okafor, said as a com­pany deeply com­mit­ted to rais­ing trans­for­ma­tional lead­ers, the firm was ex­cited to have Ak­inlaguda run op­er­a­tions and lead the Nige­rian team to ex­e­cute a global vi­sion of trans­form­ing ur­ban mo­bil­ity and em­pow­er­ing thou­sands of young peo­ple within the lo­cal ecosys­tem.

He said, “We are thrilled about what this means for our busi­ness as we con­tinue to rapidly scale and widen the scope of our op­er­a­tions in Nige­ria.

“At Bolt, we will con­tinue to find in­no­va­tive ways to make our plat­form thrive whilst em­pow­er­ing our peo­ple to cham­pion new roles and fron­tiers. We are also com­mit­ted to re­ward­ing ex­cel­lence and dili­gence. This is the rea­son we are elated to ap­point Akin-laguda as his per­for­mance on pre­vi­ous roles had been stel­lar.”

Ac­cord­ing to Okafor, Bolt is one of the fastest-grow­ing trans­porta­tion plat­forms in Europe and Africa with more than 30 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and op­er­a­tions in 35 coun­tries.

He stated that in 2019, Bolt ex­tended its cov­er­age in Nige­ria, set­ting up new six cities and in­creas­ing its reach to 11 states in the coun­try.

He added that prior to join­ing Bolt, Akin-laguda had worked in in­sur­ance bro­ker­ing, util­i­ties, en­gi­neer­ing, na­tional se­cu­rity and technology.

“He holds a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in In­for­ma­tion Technology from the Univer­sity of Ghana,” Okafor said.

Speak­ing on his ap­point­ment, Akin-laguda said he was ex­cited about Bolt’s fu­ture in Nige­ria.

“I can’t wait to take on this chal­lenge in lead­ing the drive to de­liver value for all our cus­tomers,” he said.

He said he would also en­sure that Bolt achieved its mis­sion of mak­ing ur­ban trans­porta­tion more con­ve­nient and af­ford­able for Nige­ri­ans.

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