As Babajide Sanwo-Olu struggles to get a grip on the task of governing the country’s commercial capital, one of the more pertinent issues to be tackled is the state of the city’s transport infrastructure. A combination of bad weather and bad roads have played a part in diluting the quality of the standard of living. The need for innovative solutions is best captured by the launch of the pilot phase of cab hailing service, Uber’s boat service. Taking after Gokada’s G Boat service, the goal is to help create and develop on the water transport infrastructure in the state and help reduce commute times. The service, UberBOAT, is being operated in partnership with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
At a press conference this morning, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said “We have a small land space in Lagos to move over 10% of this country’s population. We’re partnering with the private sector to ease the lives of our people” before embarking on a symbolic ride to trial the service.
In an email announcing the service to users, Uber said that the service will be available only on weekdays for the next 2 weeks starting from 11th- 25th October 2019. UberBOAT will be travelling along the following routes:
- Ikorodu – Falomo in the morning. (N500 per trip)
- Falomo – Ikorodu in the evening. (N500 per trip)