Ecobank Nigeria said it recently enlisted the services of three fleet management companies to handle its transport services on ‘Pay-as-You-Go’ basis for its Lagos operations.
The companies included Uber, AARescue, and Car4U. Under the new arrangement, the bank said it concessioned its pool car services and its erstwhile outsourced drivers numbering about 300 are taking possession of the cars.
This, according to a statement from the bank was part of its commitment to empower drivers. The drivers have also been giving the option of either joining the fleet management companies or utilizing their newly acquired vehicles as the desire.
Relevant training programmes in partnership with National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial institutions Employee (NUBIFIE) have further been organized for all the drivers to effectively support the transition of the drivers to entrepreneurship.
The bank in line with its commitment to ensuring transparency and fairness, fully engaged the umbrella of Union of the drivers, NUBIFIE, and negotiated and agreed to the forgoing terms, it added. The statement explained that the measure would enable the drivers become entrepreneurs.
The drivers have applauded the initiative of the bank in providing them with cars and enabling them. The initiative also allows experts in fleet management handle the bank’s transport operations while the bank focuses on core banking” it said.