Sanwo-Olu commissions 40-Passenger ferries to boost water transportation 

… Lagos blazes the trail –LASWA 


CITIZENS COMPASS – As a way of boosting water transportation in Lagos State, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, May 29, 24, launched 15 spacious 40-passenger ferries at Badore Terminal in Ajah area of the State.

The locally-built ferries are to provide effective and efficient water transport on Lagos State waterways.

Speaking at the event, the Governor said that the Omibus ferries will enhance accessibility and provide convenience by decongesting the road networks further. 

He said this is in addition to the existing fleet.across the State.

The event was part of activities marking the first anniversary of Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office.

He said, “By introducing these 15 new ferries, we are not only saving countless hours otherwise lost in traffic but also optimising our public investment in water transportation.

“Beyond the ferries, we’ve constructed 15 new jetties and terminals, established the groundbreaking Waterways Monitoring and Data Management Center (LASWA Control Room), acquired two additional patrol boats, and set up a Search and Rescue Unit alongside a floating clinic for Emergencies,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor said the 40- passenger ferries would operate on a Cowry Card payment system, “Underscore the government’s dedication to sustainable transport development. Water transport, inherently eco-friendly, aligns perfectly with our vision for a greener Lagos.”

“As we launch these ferries, we reaffirm our dedication to enhancing the quality of life for all Lagosians. We are investing in infrastructure that promotes safety, reliability, and convenience, while also reflecting the modernity and ambition of Lagos State. 

“I am proud to announce that these ferries were built right here in Lagos by the indigenous company, Carverton Marine, under the supervision of Bureau Veritas.

“This not only harnesses local talent but also boosts our economy and ensures adherence to the highest safety and quality standards.”

“To the people of Lagos: These ferries are built for you, by you, and with your contributions. They symbolise better days ahead. As we launch them into our waterways, let us do so with collective pride and purpose. Let us continue to strive for excellence in all our endeavors. As Henry Ford once said, Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

“These ferries remind us of what we can achieve together with a common goal. Let us embrace this new chapter in our transportation history with optimism and determination.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel lauded the initiative saying the locally made ferries will improve on the existing waterways system by the State Government. He said, “I want to thank His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his unwavering support and innovative leadership in improving our transportation infrastructure.

“The unveiling of Nigerian-made modern ferries is a testament to the dedicated efforts of the Lagos State Government in developing water transport in Lagos State.

“Lagos has always been a trailblazer in governance and standards setting, and LASWA has been aligned with this approach in setting the standards for inland waterways’ infrastructure and services across the nation.

“Our commitment to sustainable development has garnered international recognition and support, with partnerships with esteemed foreign entities such as the Future Cities Nigeria Project of the UK Government, the UK NIAF, and the ongoing Waterways Investment and Development of the Environment (WIDE-LAG, OMI-EKO Project) jointly sponsored by the European Union, European Investment Bank, French Development Agency, and the Lagos State Government.”

The 40-passenger locally built  boats are the first phase of the planned 25 boats.

Related Articles

Back to top button