With plans to resume ride-hailing later in the year, Gokada will begin food delivery and logistics operations in Ibadan.
With more than 1.5 million deliveries for 30,000 merchants in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, Gokada intends to replicate its success in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Since its launch in 2020, GShop, the food delivery services arm of Gokada has boarded more than 100 restaurants who can offer delivery to their customers through the Gokada GFood menu on the Super App — the app enables customers to access food delivery, ecommerce, and ride hailing services in one app.
According to a statement by Gokada, 'once the Super App is successfully deployed in a second city, Gokada will begin planning for further hubs in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ogun. This additional growth is being driven by Nigeria’s e-commerce and last-mile logistics sector which is growing at 11% per year, boosted by recent changes in shopper behaviour and demand for last-mile delivery'.
With close proximity to Lagos and its status as the third-largest city by population in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano, Ibadan offers significant demand for Gokada’s unmatched last mile delivery services.
Through this expansion, Gokada will build on its surging numbers of G-partners — an initiative that brings bring additional riders onboard who already own their bikes, in addition to Gokada’s existing G-pilots thereby generating thousands of jobs for riders who can now serve the thousands of businesses that require access to a seamless last-mile logistics network in the city.
Responding to the expansion, Nikhil Goel, CEO of Gokada, said, 'Since launching just a few months ago, the Gokada Super App has connected thousands of customers and businesses in Lagos and we are excited to bring our unparalleled service to Ibadan.'
'We want to continue catalyzing the transformation of Nigeria’s transport infrastructure through our ultra reliable last-mile delivery solutions; and it is essential to have a solid foundation, particularly with our ever-improving technology, before deploying in a new location.', he said.
Goel added that 'the changing business landscape of commerce requires reliable tech-enabled solutions, and while Gokada has come a long way in being part of the change, we’re focused on further growth across the country'.
In the coming months, Gokada’s license with NIPOST will enable its fleet to fulfill a cross-country logistics service, linking delivery between Lagos and Ibadan via a Super App for the first time. This opens up opportunities for merchants in both cities to expand their customer bases and tap into new areas of growth.
Since rolling out the Super App, available on Android and iOS, Gokada has recorded over 100,000 downloads and expects this growth to continue as they expand into some of Nigeria’s key cities, providing the same reliable and seamless service for thousands more customers.
Gokada launched in 2018 as a ride-hailing company in Lagos, Nigeria. But in 2020, Gokada began offering logistics (Gsend) and food delivery services (GShop) after a ride-hailing ban by the Lagos State government affected its operations.