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WATCH: Uber Drivers Protest in Lagos, Say “50% Promo is a scam” | UPDATE: Uber Releases Official Statement



uber-protestsUber drivers are currently protesting against non-payment of their entitlements following the company’s latest promo where passengers got 50% off of their rides.

The drivers, who are currently protesting in Ikoyi, Lagos, claimed that the company is making them pay for the discount it gave to customers.

According to a Twitter user, Amara Nwankpa (@nwankpa_a), one of the drivers told him, “I was supposed to get N80k last week. Uber Nigeria paid me only N11, 900”.


However, some persons are saying UBER partners (owners of some of the cars) are the ones cheating the drivers.

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Following their drivers protest in Lagos on Wednesday, UBER has released and official statement.

Read below, the statement by Samantha Allenberg, from Communications Department, Uber Africa.

In our many focus groups with driver-partners a suggestion was made for Uber to look at ways to get new riders to use the app for the first time. The 50% off marketing campaign was at the cost of Uber, meaning driver-partners did not have to pay for this promotion. Should any driver-partner have any questions or concerns about this campaign, they are welcome to contact us via our support channels and we will further explain the mechanics of the campaign to them.


  1. Ivory

    November 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Nawah oooo.. At some point i kuku didnt enjoy the promo! I recall a week into the promo, Uber cars became scarce! There was either a surge or no cars were available.

  2. Debay

    November 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The 50% promo was a big scam. They started using Uber surging pricing, claiming drivers were not available.

    • The Real Oma

      November 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Erm, it only makes sense that drivers became scarce during the promo, there was high demand especially towards the end of the thingy… i couldn’t get an Uber on the Thursday and Friday afternoon.

  3. o

    November 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    You see! Jumia too is offering 15-50% off for black Friday sales. Meanwhile they can’t even reduce their commission one bit. They expect the seller to bear all the difference. Did exchange rate do black Friday? Anyway I opted out of the black Friday sales. No be by force. Same for Konga and their Yakata sales. #sorryidigress

    Did Uber drivers have the option of opting out? Some of these companies just do anyhow. I will wait n see what Uber has to say about this accusations.

  4. Amaa

    November 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Uber and controversy. They really to figure out how to stay out of the news . All over the world they are being challenged and legislations are being made to stop them from being exploitative. There business module needs to be re designed and made better . It’s a good business and I would hate to see it go under because of greed

  5. Sultana

    November 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    A colleague went from VI to ogba and paid 350 naira. Twas crazy! But who bears the cost???

    • omoajorosun

      November 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      How is that even possible? That ought to be 2,000 for half price. That’s plain ridiculous

  6. Mr. Egghead

    November 16, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    The ‘Nigerianisation’ of Uber.

    But why are they wearing those ugly yellow face-masks? Something more vaudeville would have been less harsh on the senses

  7. Lala

    November 16, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is the reason l left Jumia. When they do sales, say 50% off, it was the sellers only who took 50% less instead of splitting the cost with us. On top of that, they added warehouse charges. I withdrew my stocks.

    My sales via Jumia was mostly loss-led.
    Complete waste of time.

    • o

      November 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      I refused to submit any deals under their promotions tab. When they are collecting up to 20% commission for some categories and still want seller to bear 50% less for sales, haba????

  8. Anon

    November 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Yup! Love uber! Even though their drivers are crazy. It’s unreal. Use this code to get N2,500 uber credit for first time users. NGBA72. Spread the word!!!

  9. Purplegirl

    November 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    It’s not the they were being over used and resulting in scarcity, it’s that they were logging off so that no one will call them .

  10. largerthanlifealice

    November 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

    magodo-shomolu i paid 1200 surulere to shomolu 750…osheyyy uber lokeloke le ma lo oh

  11. Secret

    November 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    The fact is normal fare for Uber rides was #400 base fare #90 per kilometer and #9 per minute but instead of Uber charging the 50℅ of the fare they charged #200 base fare, #35 per kilometer and #2 per minute. Which is not 50℅ of the fixed fares. That’s where they were been criminals.

  12. UberPartner

    November 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I am an UBER partner and to be truthful Uber is making all the money. After the fuel increase UBER increased their fee from 20% to 25%. Before the fuel increase partners use to make about 50k weekly now it’s about 30k week , sometimes less. Uber takes out about 1 billion every quarter from Lagos without paying tax and I don’t know why the government is not doing anything. We have local companies that can provide the same service. They deactivate drivers anyhow with out considering them for no valid reason. Partners and drivers are bitter and it’s going to be a big problem for them, this is just the beginning.

  13. Annonymous

    December 25, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Uber is scam. Drivers were not paid for the 50% promo. They keep going back and forth never resolving the issues. Please were can I do a comprehensive article cos I want people in uber to take responsibility. Drivers were made to pay for the other 50% even when fuel was not subsidized

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