THE Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, has commenced the annual clearing and removal of water hyacinth across Jetties and terminals in the State.
General Manager, LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel while speaking to newsmen explained that pegging and clearing of the Water Hyacinth have commenced at areas with very high infestation and impact on navigation.
Mr Emmanuel added that Water hyacinth; a problematic invasive specie that creates serious impediment to smooth navigation on the Waterways during this season obstructs free flow of ferry traffic on the state inland waterways.
The MD said LASWA alongside other State and Federal Agencies are collaborating and have mobilized adequate Labour force and machinery to commence clearing of the stubborn weed immediately.
The General Manager added that the first phase of the project is pegging down the water hyacinth to curtail its movement and infestation across ferry channels, followed by proper clearing of the aquatic weed using both manual Labour and weed harvesting machines.
While reiterating the state government’s commitment towards improving safety standards and procedures of the state inland waterways so to achieve the safety of all Waterways users, Mr Emmanuel advised Boat Captains to always drive with caution during this season.