Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will on Tuesday lunch eight additional boats as part of his agenda to bring succumb to the transportation challenges in the state.
This was made known in a press briefing on Saturday by the Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), Mr Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun who said the eight new boats and the mobile app would be officially unveiled on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 .
According to Mr Ladi-Balogun “The reality of road transportation in Lagos has been overstretched. The introduction of Minibuses, Keke Marwa and Okada (Motorbikes) has mostly compounded the management of traffic across the state. In as much as these diverse means of road transportation cluster Lagos roads, the bus-stops continue to play host to stranded passengers.
“Many attempts to move a chunk of the commuters on to the waterways for a cool soothing cruise in short time to their various destinations have been frustrated by the phobia for water travels. The current administration in the state is unwaveringly committed to changing the narrative. It has made, and it is still set to make, quite an appreciable level of investment that is surely poised to lift the face of water transportation in the state.”
Mr Ladi-Balogun noted that transportation is an integral component to the development of the Lagos multi-modal transport system; and the government of Lagos State have no doubt that the waterways will offer further solution to persistent gridlock on Lagos roads and the ever growing transport demand in the state.
Managing Director LAGFERRY said six routes on which commercial operation is about to begin on a full scale include Ipakodo Terminal , Ikorodu-Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo Ikoyi, Ipakodo Terminal, Ikorodu-Ebute Ero Jetty-Elegbata –Lagos Island, Marina Terminal CMS and Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo Ikoyi, -Badore Terminal, Ajah-Eti in Osa Local Government.
Others are Ebute Ero Jetty, Ojo Local Government-Ijegun Egba Terminal, Oriade LCDA, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government-Marina Terminal, CMS, Mile 2 Terminal, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government-Liverpool Jetty, Apapa- Marina Terminal CMS and Badore Terminal, Ajah, in Eti-Osa Local Government- Ijede Jetty, Ikorodu.
He said the Lagos State goal as a major stakeholder in the sector is to develop more of the routes on the water ways, provide more of the modern ferry boats that come along with technology, aesthetics, speed, comfort and confidence in the use of the water transportation.
Mr La Balogun noted that the Lagos State Government is also working in hand with the private sectors, local and international ferries builders with the support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to acquire more ferries to cover all the 40 waterways routes before the end of the year 2020.