SWITZERLAND, JUNE 27 – Ride hailing tech company, Uber is in talks with the Lagos state government to start boat taxis in Nigeria’s biggest city, Today’s Echo gathers.
According to Bloomberg, Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle disclosed this on Thursday in an interview. The ride-hailing service company is in talks with the Lagos state government and regulatory authorities so that the services offered by Uber on the roads can now be extended to the waterways.
“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, we are meeting with partners.” The executive did not give a time line on when the service will begin
Today’s Echo gathers that a team from Uber, visited Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu on Thursday at the government house.
Governor Sanwo Olu corroborated the report with a statement about the meeting on Thursday afternoon.
“Technology is a powerful tool that enables commerce, simplifies processes and generates employment. Today, the management team of Uber visited us at the State House. We discussed passenger safety, better monitoring, traffic laws and partnering with Lagos amongst other things,” Sanwo Olu said.
Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa biggest city with an estimated population of 22 million, is known for its traffic congestion leaving commuters spending hours in their cars. Public transport services are scarce and unreliable. Its vast waterways provide good transport options but they are hardly used.
Uber launched a boat service in Egypt in 2017, with taxis zipping up the Nile River that dissects Cairo to bypass clogged streets. The company has expanded the service to cities including Mumbai and along the Croatian coast.