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LASWA, transportation ministry, boat operators partner to address waterways challenges



The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), the Ministry of Transportation, and boat operators have collaborated to address challenges within the waterways.

The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

Emmanuel said the decision to collaborate was reached at a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders in the sector.

He said the stakeholders at the roundtable discussion were the Commissioner of Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Mr Olawale Musa and private boat operators.

“The primary objective of this high-level meeting was to address challenges within the waterways and devise strategic solutions to optimise ferry operations, ultimately leading to increased efficiency and improved services for commuters.

“A wide range of issues were deliberated during the productive session, which include enhancing security measures along the route to the Ikorodu terminal, proposal for the establishment of fuel depots along the Ikorodu waterways to facilitate seamless operations.

“Others are to raise awareness among passengers and captains about safety protocols and discussing the potential implementation of a ban on alcohol sales at jetties to foster a safer environment for all.

“Furthermore, the discussions also encompassed strategies aimed at promoting safe night travel and ensuring stringent adherence to regulations on the waterways, with a paramount focus on maintaining a secure and compliant maritime environment,” he said.

Emmanuel said that following these insightful discussions, an official inspection was carried out on new boats designated for allocation to private operators at the Badore Terminal by the Ministry of Transportation.

“Additionally, a visit to the Tazarn jetty at Badore, provided firsthand insights into potential enhancements in both infrastructure and operational procedures,” he said.

He noted that the collaborative efforts between LASWA, ministry of transportation officials, and private boat operators underscored a shared commitment to enhancing water transportation in Lagos State.

He said that these collective initiatives are designed to create a safer, more efficient, and sustainable maritime sector that benefits all stakeholders and passengers, aligning with the broader vision of improving transportation services across the state.

Chiazo Ogbolu

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