…Procures 14 world class ferries
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—Lagos State Government plans to commence full operation of the rejuvenated ferry service by the first quarter of 2018, as part of measures to boost water transportation and reduce road traffic gridlock.
Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Ferry Services, Mr. Paul Adeboye, who disclosed this during a 2–day retreat organized by the Service, explained that the plan was aimed at giving world-class water transportation to Lagosians.
According to the CEO, “The initiative apart from decongesting the pressure on Lagos roads, will also, provide a new era of investment and economic activities on the waterways.”
While stating that the state government was desirous of investing in the sector to ensure that it services were veritable option to road transportation, Adeboye noted that the progress already made in the sector justified the confidence of the present administration in revamping Lagos Ferry Service.
He reiterated the state government’s determination to rebrand the waterways system by engaging stakeholders to deliver a high standard and world class ferry service operation to residents of the state.
Adeboye explained that the retreat was informed by the need to educate and retrain officials of the agency and also to prepare them to the take up challenges of world class water transportation.
While urging current operators to abide by the rules of operation and design specification of their vessels as provided by Lagos State Water Authority, LASWA, Adeboye noted that continued collaboration with other means of transportation was needed for improved services.
Also speaking, President, Association of Tour Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria, ATBOWATON, Mr Ganiu Balogun, who took participants through the rudiments of water transportation system, applauded the State government’s plan towards repositioning its waterways.
In his remarks, the Investment and Business Development Manager, Lagos Ferry Service, Mr Sola Orimoloye, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had further demonstrated his interest for the water transportation system by ordering the procurement of 14 world class ferries to be made available early next year when operation commenced.
….As boat operators commend LASG on improvement in water transportation
The Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria, ATBOWATON yesterday, commended the Lagos State Government on its efforts at improving water transportation in the state.
The association’s President, Mr Tarzan Balogun, who gave the commendation, also applauded the government’s initiative in putting all necessary facilities/equipment in place to boost water transportation across riverine areas in the state.
Provision of logistics such as navigating machine, life jackets, water hyacinth clearing machines as well as construction of more jetties and deployment of Marine Police personnel, he said had improved transportation on the waterways.
He said: “These were some of the factors responsible for boat mishaps on the waterways but the situation has been greatly improved upon by the new initiatives by the state government. All these developments are commendable. The state government is trying and we appreciate their efforts.
“But like the proverbial Oliver Twist, we will continue to crave for more improvement, so that people can see water transportation as a better alternative to road transportation,” he said.