Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said water transportation sector will receive lots of attention from his administration.
Speaking on Thursday at the 4th Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series with the theme, ‘Lagos Beyond Road: The Intermodal Transport Option’, Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said within the last few weeks, he has had promising discussions with various groups of investors who have expressed their intention to invest in the transport sector, especially the water transport sub-sector.
He noted that the water transport sector is grossly underutilised in terms of harnessing its economic potentials.
“The current traffic situation indicates that 95 per cent of transportation is done by road in our state of over 22 million people with about 25 per cent of the land mass consisting of waterways.
“The essence, therefore, is to reduce the number of cars on the road and provide alternative options which are rail and water ways transportation, which will be efficient and safe for Lagosians and those that choose to visit our state.”
He stated that Lagos state government had long identified the need for intermodal transport to resolve traffic gridlock, which was why the blue line was initiated and BRT lanes constructed.
Sanwo-Olu maintained that human movement is a necessity and all prosperous cities around the world must deal with traffic and transportation issues on a regular basis