Uber is ready to partner with Lagos government authorities to launch a boat hailing service in the city, in a move to end the cities traffic congestion problems in addition to its ride hailing service already in the city.
The firm is also said to be looking for bus companies to work with for its its shuttle or bus service in the city. Egypt’s Swvl has already announced plans for Lagos and has been on a hiring spree.
Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle in an interview with Bloomberg said: “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.”
Uber’s announcement comes a few weeks after Gokada, a Nigerian firm announced the move citing its plan to decongest Lagos, a city with over 22 million people and one of Africa’s biggest cities. Uber also has Uber Boda, motorcycle hailing services in various markets across Africa. Gokada, a bike hailing services recently raised over $5m to expand its operations in Nigeria and another company, Max.ng also followed suit with a raise to bolster its market share. Uber might still go to Lagos Boats, the company Gokada is working with for its GBoat services.