In its quest to ease traffic congestion in Lagos, an American multinational transportation network company, Uber Technology is planning to launch its first boat business in the commercial capital city of Nigeria, Lagos.
The ride-hailing service company said it is in talks with the Lagos State Government and regulatory authorities to start Uber Boats services on its waterways, Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said on Thursday in an interview.
“We know the traffic is a priority and we think we can help there,” Mr Entwistle said.
“We are having fruitful good discussions with the regulators right now, it is what we are doing this week, we are meeting with partners.” Though he never reveal a time line on when the service will begin.
Lagos, with an estimated population of 22 million, is known for its traffic congestion leaving commuters spending hours in their vehicles on daily basis. The city has witness many accident on waterways due to lack of good boats. But no doubt about it, waterways is easier way to reduce traffic congestion on Lagos roads.
Uber, which faces competition from Estonian-ride hailing firm Bolt, said it would seek partnership with local players for the service.
“Our strategy is in every country we going into we want to find local partners to help us with our business,” Mr Entwistle said. “Partnership is core to our business.”