November 28, 2023

Lagos government suspends ferry operations over safety concerns

Citing safety concerns, the Lagos State government has suspended ferry operations at the Ipakodo, Ikorodu Terminal until further notice.

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Damilola Emmanuel, disclosed this at the weekend.

He said the move became obligatory to prevent avoidable disasters that could lead to boat accidents due to the large number of water hyacinths along the jetty.

“Due to the influx of water hyacinth obstructing smooth navigation of ferries along the Ipakodo Ferry Terminal, we hereby notify the general public that the ferry operations at the Ikorodu Terminal are temporarily suspended until further notice,” he stated.

“We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this temporary closure.

“Passengers and Operstors are advised not to attempt access or utilize the waterways through the Ikorodu Terminal during this period for their safety.

“LASWA will immediately be working with EQUUS to continue to look into how to get rid of the water hyacinth along the Ikorodu Terminal.

“We have recently opened the Ibeshe Terminal and also just co-operated with the Nigerian Navy and Association of Boat Operators Ikorodu Division to temporarily utilize the Majidun Jetty.

“The Ibeshe Terminal and Majidun Jetty are open for use as alternatives during this period.

“We also intend to open another Jetty shortly in the Ikorodu axis before the end of the Year. He added.

“Once more Thank you for your understanding and co-operation as we continue to work together to build a safe, clean and prosperous inland waterways.”

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