“We’ve not launched our food delivery service yet”— Fahim Saleh, CEO of Gokada

Following the controversial Lagos okada ban, motorcycle-hailing startup, Gokada laid off most of its staff.

Responding to this, CEO, Fahim Saleh addressed the layoffs and told Techpoint that the startup still had money and was pivoting towards deliveries while the transport ban was getting sorted out.

“Before the ban, Gokada was making more than ₦3 million [~$8,300] daily from our drivers. Now, we need to plan for the worst. Our workforce was set up for a transport oriented service and we don’t know the potential challenges in the delivery business. In order to have maximal chances of success, we need to go into ‘cockroach’ mode,” he said.

Restrategising, Saleh also said that while the startup will be involved with on-demand and batched deliveries for its eCommerce partners, it will also scale its already-existing boat service.


Just yesterday, however, there were reports that the green-branded motorcycle-hailing startup had launched its food delivery service, Chop.

Although not officially announced by Gokada, the service was…

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