LAGOS INAUGURATES SEVEN HIGH CAPACITY BOATS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC
Uploaded by Yemisi Dada on June 22, 2021
Seven new high capacity boats are now added to the fleets of the Lagos State Ferry Service, Lagferry.
This brings the total numbers of commercial boats operated by the state government to twenty.
Also a Cowry card to be used for water transportation was also launched to encourage cashless economy.
At the inauguration, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said the development was for residents to have transportation choices to reduce traffic and loss of productive man-hours.
The Deputy Governor who was ferried on the new boat from the five cowries in Falomo to the Boat club on Awolowo road, Ikoyi before joining a bus, assured Lagosians of their safety on the Waterways with an appeal to all passengers to always use their life jacket while on board.
In an address of welcome, the Managing Director Lagferry, Mr Abdulbaq Ladi-Balogun, who stated that the boats were constructed locally in Lagos and Warri in Delta state, said the objective was to ensure that thirty percent of Lagosians are transported through the waterways to decongest the road.
He boasted that despite the lockdown last year due to covid-19, the agency still ferried over five hundred thousand passengers through the waterways with an increasing daily average passenger flow of one thousand five hundred passengers.
The new boats will be deployed to the new routes of Epe, Badagry, Agbowa-Ikosi, UNILAG Community and Agbara-Ijanikin.