By Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS—GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, said that persistent cult clashes in Bariga, Shomolu Local Government area of the state, forced him to construct the Bariga Waterfront Jetty.
Ambode said this while commissioning projects such as the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, five transport ferries and the Ilaje Road.
He noted that the construction of the jetty was the only solution that came his way when persistent cult clashes claimed many lives.
Ambode said: “The beginning of our security challenges (in Bariga) actually started from this particular spot. There were series of cult clashes in this particular community and people were actually going from house to house to kill one another.
“I tried to find out what was actually responsible and discovered that a lot of cult members were always having access to free money from selling of sand which they used to harm others in the community.
“So, I decided to stop the sand dredging in the entire neighbourhood. That stopped the income to most of the boys in the community.”
In addition, the governor said: “In order to put a stop to it, I offered to link the road with the jetty. So, what we are celebrating today is a solution to one of the security challenges that we had at that time.”
“With these projects, our state is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic gridlock.”