Alternative Bank, UK Govt Launch Electric Transport for Kano Women

In a groundbreaking move that transforms transportation and enhances the security of women, Kano State witnessed the launch of a first-of-its-kind electric tricycle program.

The Alternative Bank,in collaboration with the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Qoray Mobility, unveiled this innovative social impact initiative, providing women with fully electric tricycles and comprehensive training.

This project flips the script on traditional transportation in Kano and marks a new chapter for the expertly trained women ready to navigate the city’s streets. With 120 women from the Mata Zalla and Yar Baiwa cooperatives having undergone comprehensive training, they are now proficient tricycle drivers and mechanics. These electric tricycles enable women to generate income by providing local transportation services and operating small delivery businesses.

Executive Director of The Alternative Bank. Garba Mohammed, said, “Our electric tricycles are designed to address significant concerns regarding the safety of female passengers and children while at the same time safeguarding the environment.

Regional Coordinator of Kaduna and Kano State for the UK’s FCDO, Adamu Maikano, highlighted the broader impact of the initiative, stating: “The UK government, a longstanding ally of Nigeria, is committed to facilitating investment, trade, and economic development. The launch of this EV project is evidence that partnerships truly work when all parties remain focused on a mutual goal.”

Head of Qoray Mobility, Olabanjo Alimi expressed pride in the initiative and optimism about expanding the pilot program and improving its electric vehicles.

He highlighted a recent launch in Victoria Island, Lagos, where locally built charging stations were introduced. Reflecting on Qoray’s history, Alimi emphasized the company’s vision for the future of urban transportation—one with reduced pollution, lower transportation costs, and a strong commitment to the local community.

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