Mr Fredrick Obeng Adom, the Deputy Minister of Transport has lauded initiatives that create opportunities for employment for the youth and let them contribute to national development.
He called on stakeholders to support and patronize goods and services created by indigenous entrepreneurs.
Mr Adam made the call at the launch of the Treepz, a Ride hailing firm, which will provide more convenience to commercial vehicle users (trotro) as well as offer its platform to individuals and organizations in need of mobility services.
“By this laudable initiative, employment has been created for some Ghanaians,” he said.
The Minister said “We should be happy about this development and resolve to support and promote this business to grow to provide even greater benefit to the national economy”.
He said the good news was that Treepz attached great importance to customer satisfaction and also had an elaborate welfare package for its drivers.
“The service itself is quite comfortable. I urge all and sundry to patronize it to ensure it is not only successful but also becomes a dominant mid-size hailing transport service in Ghana,” he said.
Mr Onyeka Akumah, Treepz Co-Founder and CEO, said the company was excited about the Ghanaian market and would want to scale up its service with time.
He said the Company had designated Ghana as its hub in the sub-region and the move was coming at a time the continent’s public transportation sector was gradually evolving with the emergence of new technology-driven modes of transportation.
He said one thing the company prides itself in was safe travel, “You should expect more travel options; one of the things we do is to allow people to move from bus stop to bus stop”.
The Co-Founder said another thing they do was also aggregating different bus operators across Accra, Kumasi, the entire region to offer people the opportunity to travel from city to city with these bus operators.
“The Company is thinking of injecting more funds to help stabilize its operation in these difficult times of COVID-19, where the transport sector has been largely affected,” he said
He said Accra has become a hub for them to expand into other regions as well and it has borders in Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, touching into Nigeria which is like an operational base.
Treepz is rebranding of Toronto-headquartered shared mobility startup Plentywaka, after the later acquired Stabus, one of Ghana’s leading mobility startup to expand its operations on the continent.
The Treepz ride-hailing services offer good opportunities for both drivers and users in the form of increased choices and lower cost of transport services.