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Uber boat service begins in Lagos

UberBOAT to operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uber Technologies Inc on Friday, October 11, 2019, launched their boat service in Lagos, Nigeria.

In June 2019, the popular global ride-hailing company announced its move to introduce the service to carry travelers in the Lagos megacity.

Okay.ng gathered that UberBOAT is operated in partnership with local boat operator Texas Connection Ferries and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

Uber in a statement on Friday, October 11, 2019, said: “This initiative is aimed at providing commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out of the city’s business districts.”

According to UberBOAT, the waterways service will only operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for N500 ($1.39) per trip on weekdays.

Uber officials at the press conference in Lagos said there would be four trips a day, carrying up to 35 people on a boat, during the two-week pilot.

The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaking on the initiative said the Uber boat service, and the use of waterways in general, were part of a raft of initiatives aimed at easing congestion that include a program of road repairs.

“We want ferries that carry 60 to 80 people,” the governor said.

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