…..restates commitment to interconnect water to last-mile road transportation.
In furtherance to demonstration of its genuine commitment to a multimodal transport system aimed at tackling traffic gridlocks in the metropolis and meet increasing water commuters demand to open more routes, the Lagos State Government has taken delivery of additional 7 new boats equipped with state of the art modern gadgets and built solely by local manufacturers to international standards.
The Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun while taking delivery of some of the boats at the Ipakodo Terminal, Ikorodu expressed delight at the safety features and aesthetics of the boats commending the manufacturers for meeting up to global best standards while assuring commuters of a safe, fast and pleasurable experience on the waterways.
” Taking delivery of these boats is a testimony to the commitments by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s admnistration that his government will continue to enable the growth trajectories of the local economy, thereby creating jobs along the value chain of marine transportation system.
These new boats will be deployed immediately to take care of the increasing numbers of commuters and we can assure you that Lagosians are in for a bundle of productive experiences in water transportation because the new boats comes equipped with modern technological features and built to international standards”.
While reiterating the State Government’s commitment to multimodal transport system, he stated that the government is currently building and renovating 15 new jetties across the coastal lines of the State to open up more routes and informed that some of the new boats will be deployed to the new routes of Badagry – Liverpool – CMS; Agbara-Ojo- Liverpool – CMS; Agbowa Ikosi – Ebute Ero – CMS; Ilaje Bariga – Ebute Ero – CMS – Falomo – Victoria Island; Epe – Victoria Island – Falomo; Bayeku – Oke Ira Nla – Badore; Badore – Falomo – CMS Marina; Ibeju Lekki – Falomo etc.
Balogun informed that some of the new boats will be deployed specifically to the new routes of Epe and Badagry to alleviate and create alternative means of transportation to commuters faced with the challenges of traffic gridlock occassioned by the ongoing road rehabilitation along these axis.
“This is good news for the good people of Epe and Badagry as we will be deploying some of the new boats to these axis to tackle the challenges of road traffic occassioned by road rehabilitation and create reliable alternative means of commuting through the waterways daily”.
The Managing Director expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the record-breaking feat of providing more than 20 watercrafts in the fleet of LAGFERRY and commended him for fulfilling his promise to Lagosians that he will double LAGFERRY’s fleet capacity from 14 to 30 in the shortest time possible.
“You will recall that Mr. Governor during the launch of Lagferry commercial operations and commissioning of 8 new boats in February 2020 promised that he will double LAGFERRY’s fleet and increase its capacity to meet the increased ridership of water commuters. This is a commendable fulfilment of that promise and we can inform you that Mr. Governor is planning to procure more boats before the end of the year to cater for new routes and jetties that are being built constantly in order to ensure 30 percent of daily commuters travel by water and open up the huge potentials of the waterways to both local and foreign investors”.
The 7 new boats, to be commissioned during the second anniversary of his administration, have passenger boarding capacity ranging from 50 to 30.
Public Affairs Unit