Uber Officially Launches Water Transport Service ‘UberBOAT’ in Lagos
Prominent ride-hailing start-up, Uber Technology Inc. has officially launched its boat-hailing service, ‘UberBOAT’, in Lagos.
UberBOAT launch in Nigeria is the second recipient of the boat service in Africa, following Egypt where it was launched in 2017, and one of the earliest in the world after Mumbai in India and Croatia.
The announcement was made by Uber West Africa GM, Lola Kassim at the launch event which was kicked of by Lagos state governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu today, in
Uber West Africa GM Lola Kassim has just announced the launch of Uber Boat. She says it is Uber’s first boat offering on the continent.
Speaking at the launch Governor Sanwo-Olu said that he was enthusiastic about Uber Boat, and added that his government wants people to move across the city as quickly as possible.
Recall that earlier in July, TechNext reported that Uber’s chief business officer Brooks Entwistle said the company was in talks with Lagos state government and regulatory authorities to start to launch UberBoats service to carry commuters in the Lagos to ease traffic congestion in the city.
According to Uber, the boat service will work in partnership with Texas Connection Ferries, a local boat operator, and the Lagos State Waterways Authority.
“This initiative is aimed at providing commuters with an easy and affordable way to transportation.