With the several traffic nightmare on roads in Lagos State, Nigerians will soon start using Uber boat rides to reach wherever they are going or to arrive from their destination.
As Nigeria’s population keeps increasing and the country’s roads keep getting busy and frustrating, Uber, the worldwide ride-hailing service, is working on a solution.
Uber has thirty-six thousand active drivers in sub-Saharan Africa and is present in some countries in South and East Africa.
However, Uber does not really have a presence in West Africa, except for Nigeria and Ghana and the car service company now sees West Africa, Nigeria especially, as its home for possible expansion.
UN predicts that Nigeria’s population will reach about 400 million in 31 years time, 2050, and this will make the country the 3rd most populous in the world behind China and India. Lagos, which is located on the lagoon in the middle of water and marshlands, is the country’s commercial capital and most populous state. Known for its traffic problems that annoy Nigerian drivers, Uber is trying to provide an alternative.
Uber CEO, Brooks Entwistle who said recently that West Africa is a massive growth platform for the company has now disclosed that Uber is searching for ways to seize the opportunity that comes with Lagos’ waterways. He said Uber is currently discussing with the Lagos state government on its plans to launch a transport system on Lagos’s waterways, which will reduce traffic on roads.
His words, “We are looking at the waterways here, which are very interesting to us as it relates to a potential service.”
“We did launch Uber Boat in Mumbai and we have watched the product develop. It’s in its early stages and we think there is high relevance here.”
He referred to Lagos as “one of the great growth opportunity cities in the world.”