Lagos State Ferry Services has said that the state government is building as well as renovating 15 new jetties across the coastal lines of the state to open up more routes.
The Managing Director of LAGFERRY, Mr Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun, said this while taking delivery of sevo new boats at the Ipakodo Terminal, Ikorodu.
He expressed delight at the safety features and aesthetics of the boats.
While commending the manufacturers for achieving global standards, he assured commuters of a safe, fast and pleasurable experience on the waterways.
“Taking delivery of these boats was a testimony to the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to strengthen 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 number of commuters and we can assure you that Lagosians are in for a bundle of productive experiences in water transportation because the new boats are equipped with modern technological features and built to international standards,” Ladi-Balogun added.
The LAGFERRY boss also said that some of the new boats would 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 and Ibeju Lekki–Falomo among others.
The MD reiterated that some of the new boats would be deployed specifically to Epe and Badagry to create alternative means of transportation to commuters.
“This is good news for the good people of Epe and Badagry, as we will be deploying some of the new boats to the axis to tackle the challenges of road traffic occasioned by road rehabilitation and create reliable alternative means of commuting through the waterways daily,” he stated.
Ladi-Balogun expressed gratitude to Babajide Sanwo-Olu for adding more than 20 boats to the fleet of LAGFERRY.
“This is a commendable fulfilment of that promise and we can inform you that the 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 to ensure 30 per cent of daily commuters travel by water, and open up the huge potential of the waterways to both local and foreign investors,” he enthused.
The LAGFERRY boss explained that the seven new boats was built with a passenger boarding capacity ranging from 30 to 50.
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