Uber boat taxi | Image: Uber.com

Uber Technology Inc. is making moves to establish its boat business in Lagos, in order to beat traffic gridlock, Concise News reports.

The ride-hailing service company said its already in talks with the Lagos state government and regulatory authorities to start Uber Boats services on the State’s waterways.

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Bloomberg quoted Uber’s Chief Business Officer, Brooks Entwistle in an interview on Thursday, saying: “We know the traffic is a priority and we think we can help there.

“We are having fruitful good discussions with the regulators right now, it is what we are doing this week, we are meeting with partners.”

However, The executive did not give a timeline on when the service will begin.

Lagos, the nation’s largest city with the population of over 21 million, is known for its traffic congestion leaving commuters spending hours in their cars and the waterways that provide good transport options are hardly used.

Uber, U.S-based company with 1.3 million active riders and 36,000 drivers in Sub-Saharan Africa said it would seek partnership with local players for the service, noting that its franchise in Africa is still at early stages.

“Our strategy is in every country we going into we want to find local partners to help us with our business,” Entwistle said. “Partnership is core to our business,” he added.

Entwistle further disclosed that the transport company is also in talks with regulators to start operations in Francophone Dakar and Abidjan.