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Lagos State unveils seven modern jetties for water transportation

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has unveiled seven concrete, modern jetties for different communities across the three senatorial districts of the State.

This is in fulfilment of his promise to ensure that residents in the rural areas of Lagos also enjoy dividends of democracy and benefit from the provision of infrastructural amenities under his administration.

The seven jetties recently commissioned between Wednesday, 24th and Friday, 26th May, 2023 by the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu are Ilashe Jetty, Ijegun-Egba Jetty, Ito-Omu, Offin Jetty, Liverpool Jetty, Badagry Marina Jetty and Isalu-Ajara Jetty in Badagry.

While speaking at the commissioning of the Ijegun-Egba, Governor Sanwo-Olu identified the Jetty as one of the key infrastructures needed to make water transportation a viable sector that can attract more foreign investors willing to partner with the government in providing more ferries that will ply additional routes being created across the State.

Sanwo-Olu, represented at the event by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, said the provision of the concrete Jetties with basic amenities is to make water transportation comfortable and enjoyable for the affected communities and environs, restating the desire of his administration to complete all other jetties under construction in different parts of the State.

The Governor told residents of the various communities where the Jetties are situated that the State Government is building an integrated and intermodal transportation system where rail, land and sea connect one another for everyone in the State.

Speaking on the safety concerns usually associated with water transportation, Sanwo-Olu said the mode of transportation is safe and secure, adding that significant improvements have been made to standardize the transportation system and provide necessary equipment for sustaining the enforcement of regulation to ensure safety on waterways.

He enjoined the residents to be cautious and take ownership of the Jetties and work closely with security agencies to prevent the facility from being taken over by miscreants.

Sanwo-Olu, however, appreciated every resident of the State for the support given to him, his Deputy and the entire Exco members throughout his first tenure in office and craved the continuous support of the residents as he begins the journey of his second term in office.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for the Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi said the Administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is aware that improvement in water transportation is among the key indices identified to further improve the transportation system.

He said that the Jetties are of a high standard to meet the status of Lagos State, saying that the Jetties were constructed to also meet international standards to guarantee the safety of lives and properties, stressing that commuters on waterways must therefore do their part to ensure safety by putting on life jackets always while travelling on water.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mrs. Patunola-Ajayi Olayinka, in her address, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for making water transportation in the State accessible and affordable for the residents in the rural areas, adding that the construction of jetty projects is one of the great achievements of the administration.

She, however, charged the communities to replicate the good gesture of the State Government for constructing the jetty projects by taking responsibility for the project by guarding and protecting them.

Appreciating the State Government for the laudable project, the Chairman of Oriade LCDA, Honourable Ramatalai Hassan said the State Government has done a lot in terms of social amenities for rural communities across Lagos State.

She said Government had built schools and hospitals among other critical infrastructures to ensure that people in the rural areas enjoy dividends of democracy, adding that the construction of the modern Jetties in the communities would bring development and increase the commercial activities of the area.



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