….. Commissions new Ferries at Badaore
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said the State Government have only ban Okada in 15 LGA’s and LCDA’S noting that there are other populated areas in Lagos State which Okada riders can operate, and make more money.
Sanwo-Olu made this known at the commercial lunch of Lagos Ferry Services Limited, LAGFERRY, operations mobile app and new boats commissioning at Badore Ferry terminal Ajah.
The Governor of Lagos State who named the Ferries after prominent Lagosians including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said the commissioning is a lunch of a major programme that is a key component of the Traffic Management and Transportation pillar of his T.H.E.M.E.S agenda for the State.
According to him “Water transportation is one of the intermodal transportation tripods we are committed to developing as a strategy to reduce congestion on our roads which accounts for over 90 percent of commuting in Lagos State.
“It is glaring that for Lagos to be a functional smart city that we desire, there must be diversification of the mode of transportation. There must be interconnectivity of the rail, road and water transportation systems.
“However the narrative of water transportation in Lagos State is set to change as we are set to take full advantage of the water bodies that nature has endowed us with, to decongest our roads and substantially reduce travel time, promote a healthy environment through reduction of carbon emission.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu while delivering his address said the government has put in place adequate measures to ensure safety on Lagos waterways through the empowerment of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) to effectively discharge its monitoring and regulatory duties. In the same vain, the government will also sustain cordial relationship with Federal Regulatory agencies including Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
Sanwo-Olu noted that his administration will increase investment in the development of more routes on the water ways, construction of more jetties and provision of more modern ferry boats, noting there is room for more private sector participation in water transportation .
Managing Director of LAGFERRY, Honourable Ladi Balogun in his address at the commercial lunch of LAGFERRY said with over thirty jetties, there is no reason why Lagos should not diversify its mode of transportation.
According to him “The Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) as an agency in the Lagos state Ministry of Transportation is saddled with the responsibility of commuting people and goods within the Lagos state inland waterways and also to create sustainable partnership with the private sector on behalf of the State Government in rendering comfortable, Affordable, fast, Efficient and reliable water transportation and ensure the sector becomes a major component of multimodal transportation system.”
Honourable Balogun noted that these newly commissioned boats are in the following capacities 60 Passengers – 3 units, 50 passengers – 2 units, 40 passengers – 3 units, 30 Passengers – 4 units, 25 Passengers – 2 units.
He said Lagos State Government is to acquire more ferries to cover all the 40 waterways routes before the end of the year 2020.