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LAGFERRY EXTENDS OPERATION HOST STAKEHOLDERS IN SOMOLU, BARIGA

…held talks with religious, community and youth leaders

 

By: Oseni Owolabi Ajimomuya & Tunde Akere

 

Lagos State Government has formally kicked off commercial waterways transportation in Ilaje Bariga jetty, at a ceremony held at Bariga Ferry Terminal in Bariga local council Area on Wednesday.

 

The event marked the commencement of commercial operations in waterways transportation by LAGFERRY in Bariga, a stakeholders meeting that had political office holders, CAN, Muslim community, CDC, Artisans, youth representatives, academics community, traditional chiefs, and LASWA in attendance, was an interactive session that depicted what a stakeholders meeting should be.

 

The managing director of LAGFERRY, Hon. Abdoubaq Ladi Balogun in his welcome speech appreciated all the people in attendance and he further said Bariga waterfront jetty was commissioned last year to ease movement, as the governor saw it as one of the best solutions to the traffic problems in Lagos state.

 

“It is a well known fact that one third of Lagos state lands is covered with water, and the govenor wants to utilise the opportunity available to ease traffic gridlock within the state”.

Hon. Ladi Balogun said the agency started its operations on the 4th of Febuary 2020, and that they have successfully conveyed 86,000 passengers around the state, this was achieved with the support of the Governor. Governor Sanwoolu was there for them during the COVID-19 challenges, he subsidized the fare for the people of Lagos.

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Continuing, the MD said Lagferry is safe, secure, free wifi, USB port charger, and all lagferry passengers have an insurance cover in case of unforeseen circumstances, they have professional operators and so far, there has not been record of any accident. Other advantages of water transportation is that it makes travel time shorter, a journey from Badore to VI is 5 minutes while Badore to Ikoyi is 12 minutes, while Bariga to Ebute Ero is 10 minutes.

Concluding , he said Somolu Bariga and its axis have about 6 higher institutions of learning and It will be of great advantage for the students and lecturers alike, and that market women will also see it as a massive advantage.

The member representing Somolu 2 in the Lagos state house of assembly, Hon Rotimi Abiru in his goodwill message said

water transportation is an alternative to ease traffic congestion on Lagos roads and there is no form of pollution, amongst other key benefits, noted that Lagferry has never recorded any casualty since its commencement of operation.

His counterpart in the assembly ( Somolu 1), Hon Rotimi Olowo, also a transportation expert thanked the Lagos state government for bringing life to Somolu and Bariga because he believes Lagferry signifies safety, he said water transportation is a good alternative form of transport because Lagos is an island surrounded by water, and Lagferry will provide safety, comfort and security.

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Furthermore, he advised that the fare should be structured to accommodate students and if possible liaise with Road transport workers to make provisions for transporting the people especially students to make it seamless , he also make case for employment of residents of Bariga and Somolu, as he promised that the house of assembly will support the agency to enlarge their coast and points of operations.

The chairman of Somolu , Hon Abdulhameed Salawu ( Dullar) in his short message thanked the Govenor of the state and LAGFERRY for deeming it fit to bring the terminal unto life, and appealed to market men and women to be using Lagferry, because of its safety and confortablity. His counterpart in Bariga, Hon Alabi Kolade David was ably represented by his amiable Vice, Hon Adeola Zainat Kuponiyi, on behalf of the chaiman, she thanked the Governor who is an All Progressive Congress product for the opportunity, saying it will help our youths in terms of employment, and she also advised that the fare should be affordable for the residents, and the timing of the ferry should be scheduled in such a way that it won’t have effect on market women.

Barrister Doyin Banjo , a senatorial aspirant in Lagos East, also appreciated the Governor for the initiative saying it is long overdue, but advised that car carrier should also be deployed to the terminal for peoples use.

The agency responsible for security and protection of waterways, LASWA was also represented by Mr Ibraheem Oladapo and he assured Bariga residents that the safety of the people is assured.

The representative of the king of Somolu who was represented by Baale Bajulaye, Chief R. A Yunusa as well as the Baale of Ilaje, Chief Kayode Ayetiwa, Professor Iyiola Oni (representative of UNILAG VC) and Dr Titilayo (representative of the Provost of FCE (Technical, Akoka) also took turn to speak and promised to support the state government and Lagferry in area of broadcasting.

Questions were asked by CAN representative , Muslim representative, CDC members, Artisans, and Youth most on the operation and routes of the ferries

Responding , Hon Balogun, in his response said the Govenor is committed to the T.H.E.M.E agenda and he further said the ferry would be operating from Bariga to Ebute Ero, Ikoyi and Victoria Island for now , and will start Bariga to Ikorodu soon.

He assued market women that no one will charge them for loads, they will only pay normal fare as a passenger.

On students, he said fee will be reduced for them as far as they can show their identity cards, also adding that there won’t be overloading, life jacket would be a must while boarding LAGFERRY, and finally, on employment , he said Lagferry always carries along the people of the communities it operates and Bariga will not be an exception and he assured on security in the surrounding areas of the terminal.

(Oseni Owolabi Ajimomuya & Tunde Akere are the Chief Press Secretaries of Somolu LG & Bariga LCDA respectively)

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