Uber Launches Boat Service in Lagos

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SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 12 – Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc on Friday launched a pilot test of a boat service in Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity’s congested roads.

The United Nations predicts that Nigeria’s population will more than double to 400 million by 2050, which would make it the third most populous country in the world after China and India.

The combination of population growth and congestion has made Nigeria, and more broadly West Africa, attractive to foreign transport companies.

Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said in June that the company was in talks with Lagos state government and regulatory authorities to start UberBoats to ease traffic congestion in the city.

The waterway service, UberBOAT, is operated in partnership with local boat operator Texas Connection Ferries and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

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