By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Waterfront Boat Owners and Transporters Association of Nigeria (WABOTAN) have revealed plans to replicate the e-hailing rides like Uber, Bolt and others on Nigerian waterways with the establishment of water taxis.
Spokesman for WABOTAN, Chief Raymond Gold stated this last week when the association paid a courtesy visit on the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) office in Lagos.
Chief Gold said the association has plans to create e-hailing rides on the waterways, such that the pressure being felt on the roads would be reduced.
While listing some of the aims and objectives of the association, he said members would be empowered in the long run, to start manufacturing of speed boat engines.
“We have plans to Nigerianize the Hail Taxis and Ubers on the road, we want to do same on the waterways, those who can afford it would call the water taxis, we are developing towards it, when you call the boatman, he takes you to wherever you want to go.
So, you do away with the traffic on the road, and save manpower.
“We are looking out for the mechanics and repairers that would be working on the boat engines, we have plans for them and our members would be involved. It would get to a point that we would be looking at outright manufacturing of the engines, instead of importing them, our members are manufacturing the boats already, the fibre boats” he stated
WABOTAN as a boat operators association was incorporated under the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 as amended, and fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
The association, according to its leadership has been existing in the past five years, but it decided to play the back role, not until now.
Part of the aims and objectives of WABOTAN which were listed includes; “Promoting safety and security on our waterways, training and re-training of our members to develop and build manpower for the water transport sector.
“Creating a database that can assist in the implementation of plans. To assis the various government agencies in collecting government revenue in a seamless manner. We are also set up to empower our members to build wealth and reducing poverty.