To enhance water transportation Lagos State Government has opened up four new navigable ferry routes
This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Ahmed kabiru Abdullahi at the Annual Press Briefing on Thursday in commemoration of the second year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Administration.
According to the Commissioner, the State Government is mindful of the importance of good ferry routes for safe and successful water transportation which necessitated the Government’s continuous opening of new water routes to complement the existing ones.
He noted that part of the Ministry’s mandate is the provision of navigable ferry routes in the Lagos waters for smooth sailing of bigger boats hence the need for channelization of all identifiable ferry routes in the State to improve water Transportation.
The channelization which involves dredging of ferry routes, creating a path of 40 metre width and 4 metre minimum of depth to accommodate bigger boat movement includes the channelization of 4km ferry route from Mile 2 to Marina which is already in use, channelization of 6.4km ferry route from Ebute (Ikorodu) – Ilaje (Falomo ), 10.3km route from Ojo to Badagry and 4.10km Ilaje (Bariga ) to white sand in Oyingbo is almost completed.
The new routes are to complement the existing ones: Ipakodo(Ikorodu) to Addax/ five cowries in Falomo, Ipakodo (Ikorodu) to CMS/Marina and Badore (Tarzan) to Ijede, Ebutte Ojo to Liverpool to CMS/Marina.
Others are Mile 2- Liverpool- CMS/Marina, Baiyeku(Ikorodu) to Oke-Ira nla to Badore in Ajah and Ilaje to Bariga to Ebute Ero and CMS.
Ahmed Abdullahi added that with the additional new routes more people are now embracing water Transportation Business and travels which would in turn improve commercial activities in those areas, save travel times and improve the general well being of the people
To further improve safety on the waterways and also free the waterways of wreckages and debris, prevent erosion and degradation of the shorelines he said the State Government through his Ministry has removed four abandoned wrecked ships and several debris and unwanted objects found on the waterways.
He added that 15 new reinforced concrete jetties located at various riverine areas of the State would also be commissioned for the use of the citizens of the State before the end of the year to further boost water transportation system.
He therefore urged Lagosians to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the Government and make use of all the infrastructure provided by the State Government.