Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State has disclosed the government’s plan to partner with Uber on water transportation
Back in July 2019, Uber’s chief business officer Brooks Entwistle said the company had plans to launch Uber boats Service and was in talks with Lagos state government and regulatory authorities to get the legal permits needed to carry Lagos commuters through the state’s waterways.
By October 2019, the ride-hailing start-up, Uber Technology Inc. officially launched its boat-hailing service, Uberboat with Governor Sanwo-Olu in attendance. The Governor expressed his joy about Uber Boat, added that the service will aid the quick movement of Lagosians.
A few days ago, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat disclosed that the government is negotiating a partnership with Uber on water transportation.
Hamzat, who was standing in for the governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the disclosure at the 4th Traffic Radio Lecture Series themed ‘Lagos beyond roads; The intermodal transport option’ in Ikeja.
“On our waterways, we are working on making it work for our residents. These things cost a lot of money. We are talking to Uber to partner with us on water transportation,” Hamzat said.
Hamzat also disclosed plans of the government to rehabilitate Lagos roads, disclosing that the government has acquired six pothole filling machines to be used when rehabilitation of the roads begins.
He urged Lagosians to be patient with the government in prioritizing its projects.