Uber has released its highly-anticipated safety report, which revealed 464 incidents of rape in two years in the United States alone.
In total, there were 5,981 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018, In 2018, more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides.
In 2017, the company counted 2,936 reported sexual assaults during 1 billion U.S. trips. Uber bases its numbers on reports from riders and drivers, meaning the actual numbers could be much higher. Sexual assaults commonly go unreported.
The company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders. The report, which Uber UBER, touted as the first of its kind, provides a rare look into the traffic deaths, murders and reported sexual assaults that took place during billions of annual rides arranged in the U.S. using Uber’s service.
It is part of the company’s effort to be more transparent after years of criticism over its safety record.
“I suspect many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted about the report.
“Some people will appreciate how much we’ve done on safety; others will say we have more work to do. They will all be right.”
Uber’s share price dropped more than 1% in after-hours trading. Uber and competitor Lyft LYFT, have faced harsh criticism for not doing enough to protect the safety of their riders and drivers. Dozens of women are suing Lyft, claiming the company should have done more to protect them from driver assaults. A Connecticut woman sued Uber last month, claiming she was sexually assaulted by her driver.
The U.S government on Tuesday, had announced an additional visa reciprocity fee for Nigerians who have been granted visa into the country, saying the decision is as a result of U.S citizens paying higher to get visa into Nigeria.
The announcement had said U.S citizens pay $110 higher, to apply for a Nigerian visa, than what Nigerians pay to apply for a U.S visa.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mohammed Manga, spokesman of the ministry of interior, announced that the visa fee for Americans had been reduced, according to TheCable.
Manga said the fee has now been reduced to $160, the application fee for Nigerians to get U.S visa
The statement said:
The attention of the Ministry of Interior has been drawn to the introduction of reciprocity of Visa Fees by the United States of America. The Ministry acknowledges that there were engagements with the United States Embassy on the issue and in the aftermath, a Committee was set up to conduct due diligence in line with the Ministry’s extant policy on reciprocity of Visa fees.
The Committee had concluded its assignment and submitted a Report but the issuance of authorisation for its recommendations was delayed due to transition processes in the Ministry at the policy level.
The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the decrease of Visa charges payable by US citizens in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by the Committee.
Accordingly, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s Visa charges to US Citizens with effect from Thursday, 29th August, 2019.
Credit: Bella Naija