Lagos State has been on the news lately, with projects that have been geared towards creating a traffic-free road for motorists. Some time ago, we reported on the inauguration of the Bariga Waterfront jetty by former governor, Ambode just before he left the office to facilitate the movement of commuters residing in Bariga. And now, hail-riding service, Uber, has taken some cues to introduce boat taxi services to Lagosians.
Lagos is known as Nigeria's commercial hub and a populated state as well, together with the traffic jam residents experience daily.
According to an interview held with Brooks Entwistle, Uber’s Chief Business Officer, Uber Technology is holding a discussion with the Lagos State government and some regulatory agencies to commence Uber Boats Services on Lagos waterways.
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"We know the traffic is a priority and we think we can help there. We are having fruitful good discussions with the regulators right now, it is what we are doing this week, we are meeting with partners." Entwistle said.
The scheduled date for the boat service wasn't disclosed though.
Lagos State, the largest city in Africa with a population estimated to be 22 million is a traffic congested state, which has become a lifestyle for its residents. They spend the whole day in traffic and only go home to change their clothes (Funny but true, if you've had a firsthand experience of Lagos traffic). Not to mention, the scarce and unreliable public transportation services. Opening a boat taxi with the large waterways in Lagos is a good transportation option to which Naijauto agrees with.
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Uber, which keeps facing competition from its rival, Bolt, stated that it would collaborate with local transport services for its intended plan.
Umber Technology, with headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S, rolled out a boat taxi service in Egypt, in 2017. The boat service was able to bypass clogged streets in Egypt while cruising in River Nile. Their boat services have been extended to include cities like Mumbai and Croatian coast.
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