By Aisha Tamba
Gambian entrepreneur Evou Lawrence Mendy has launched an app designed to help give passengers easy access to taxis.
Ryde Africa Taxi App is also invented to provide passengers a secure, reliable and easy ride to destinations.
Mendy said the idea is to provide a solution to the transport challenges people face on a daily basis.
“Ryde can receive 4,000 users concurrently. We even have request from Zambia and some other African nations. We are hopeful that the App will be in most cities in Africa,” he said during the launch of the app at the Gambia Pastoral Institute, GPI.
The app helps people access location of taxis, he added.
It also has ‘God’s Eye,’ a system that enables the developer to track all activities of the taxi.
“In case any issue, we will know the driver who took the passenger, the time and place where he took the passenger from and destination,” he said.
The app was developed by his company, Kameko, which is specialised in developing software solution for small and large scale enterprises.
Mendy explained the inspiration behind the soft ware program: “I came up with the idea after a lady was beaten up by one taxi driver, and then took all her belongings. I was moved after seeing her condition and I conceived the idea of Ryde Africa App that to provide passengers safe, secure and reliable taxi even at late night.”
The guest speaker at the event and proprietor of Chop-Shop, Aminatou Jallow, said Lawrence has been a “dedicated and hard-working man” who even helped her set up her business app.
She urged Gambians to support the young entrepreneur and use the taxi app for safe and secure rides.