The Chairman and Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), Paul Kalejaiye has announced that for Lagos State to effectively cater for the growing number of commuters on Lagos waterways, over one thousand ferry boats will be required.
Kalejaiye who spoke during the Second Edition of the Annual Stakeholders’ Conference on Water Transportation, themed: ‘The Role Of Water Transportation In The Development Of An Integrated Transportation System In Lagos’, said the sector presents huge opportunities for both public and private companies as not less than a thousand ferry boats are required to meet up with intending commuters demand in Lagos.
His projection came to light, as Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) met with stakeholders in the water transportation sector to discuss issues of regulation, security and inject more standard ferry boats into the system in order to sustain the confidence of passengers on boats plying various water routes across the state.
Kalejaiye encouraged the private operators to deploy more boats on the waterways, stating that the Lagos State Government is very ready to develop the state’s waterways. He also condemned the National Inland Waterways, (NIWA) for failing to comply with the court’s judgement decision granting Lagos State control of the state’s inland waterways.
Meanwhile, Managing Director, LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel in his statement said that government will not only continue to work towards creating a suitable environment for operators to thrive but also urged every operator to ensure all their required dues and fees are be paid to the state government.
In his own remarks, Hakeem Dickson, Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission said the boats having plate numbers would help promote safety on waterways as the boats can be tracked easily in case of emergency. He also charged the ferry operators to ensure their passengers use life jacket at all times and avoid all forms of overloading to prevent waterways accident.