A new mobile application, Mecofinder, designed to create ease of locating competent auto mechanics within Lagos metropolis has been launched.
The app which was recently unveiled in Lagos, according to its developer, is meant to provide maximum convenience and comfort for every user.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the app designer, Adekeye Damilare, said the Mecofinder’s main essence is to connect servicemen and technicians to motorists who may need their services anywhere in the country.
Adekeye, introduced the Mecofinder as the latest technological medium, which uses GPS and recovers signals from the satellite.
He described the satellite process as such that coordinates in a latitudinal and longitudinal way, to connect vehicle owners to either mechanics, vulcanizes, spray painters, panel beaters, electricians, battery charger and others.
“We advise users to go to Mecofinder, download and launch the app. A user can decide to select from the 14 categories that we have. When you pick any option, it automatically locates the location of that user.
“It fetches all available technicians within that vicinity. The location-based device also identifies the profile of each technician, category and the distance of the technicians one may need from the location where the vehicle owner may be,” Adeyeye said.
The app manufacturers said the technicians who have been verified on the platform would be insured which will make them stand the chance of enjoying insurance covers for their professional indemnity, that is professional negligence and compensations in cases of workplace accidents.
Also speaking, a director of the business concept and Mecofinder manufacturer, OluOmoyemi, said they came up with the app as a way of easing the inconveniences motorists face on the roads.
Besides, OluOmoyemi said the app also “enables vehicle owners to have access to competent and confirmed servicemen within their immediate location.
“We are starting with Lagos and we are going to other states. We are hoping Nigerians will stop those who are going to give the association a bad name,” Omoyemi said.
Also contributing, Adekeye Kehinde in charge of Mecofinder subscriptions corroborating his colleagues’ positions in the app giving comfort to its users, said they have already made system of payment for Mecofinder easy and convenient.
“We have made payment system convenient. Payment for it by operators is strictly on verification and registration We are not money conscious but are more interested about professionalism and the satisfaction of our clients first.
“We are given it at a token of N1, 000 for six months. The payment can be made directly from their bank accounts,” Adekeye said.
Yomi Osuntokun, technical partner to the app manufacturers, also confirmed the viability of the application, adding that users will find Mecofinder very useful.
The project is also supported by the state chairman of the Nigerian Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), Julius Lawal, who commended the Mecofinder initiative, with the assurance that the association is ready to cooperate with the initiators.
Also, Tunji Ogunkoye, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Unit Commander of Surulere, Lagos State, lauded the Mecofinder initiative.
He said it would help the FRSC in their campaign of clearing road obstacles across the country, emphasising that “since the issue of vehicle breakdown would be tackled, that would help the corps in ensuring that there are no obstacles on the road and ultimately make the road safe for all.
He said “what will make the app work effectively, is only when the issue of competence is not compromised,” while also advising that “the app owners should ensure that all servicemen involved are well and properly verified and scrutinised.
Ogunkoye also called on the Mecofinder initiators to involve organisations such as FRSC, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Ministry of Transportation, as it will help make their verified servicemen credible and widely accepted.
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