Uber is in talks with Lagos State government to launch boat taxis in Nigeria’s largest city.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said the boat business will be ripe to solve traffic and congestion in Africa’s most populous city.
“We know the traffic is a priority and we think we can help there,” Entwistle said. “We are having fruitful good discussions with the regulators right now, it is what we are doing this week, and we are meeting with partners.” The executive did not give a timeline on when the service will begin.
The company has already launched boat riding services in Cairo, Egypt along the Nile River also in Mumbai and along the Croatian coast.
Lagos is known for its traffic congestion coupled with unreliable public transport service. The state’s land mass is largely made up of water but its waterways remain underused.
Uber becomes the second company to declare its interest in launching boat taxis in the city after Gokada, an on-demand bike-hailing company through an official Twitter announcement indicated that they will launch their services within this month.
Let the count down begin. GBoat is here, get ready to cruise to your destination without being bothered about the congestion in the city @Gboatng #Gboatexperience #Anewwaytoride pic.twitter.com/7ysbsJ6pbw
— Gokada (@GokadaNG) June 11, 2019
Gokada is banking in its massive customer base to expand its service offerings.