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Looks like Uber is about to come up with a permanent solution to Lagos traffic. If you’re often stuck in Lagos traffic, this news might come as a sort of relief.

Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa biggest city with an estimated population of 22 million, is known for its traffic congestion leaving commuters spending hours in their cars. Public transport services are scarce and unreliable. Its vast waterways provide good transport options but they are hardly used.

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Speaking to Reuters, Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle shared that besides looking to expand to more West African countries like Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, the company is also considering a boat service for Lagos. The ride-hailing service company is in talks with the Lagos state government and regulatory authorities to start Uber Boats services on its waterways, Uber’s Chief Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said Thursday in an interview.

“We are looking at the waterways here, which are very interesting to us as it relates to a potential service,” he said. “We know the traffic is a priority and we think we can help there,” 

The executive did not give a timeline on when the service will begin and It’s unclear exactly how exactly the service would work, but we imagine it’d be a useful addition to the Lagos traffic system.

By: Dammy Eneli

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