August 10, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

LASG restates commitment to safety on Waterways, extends raffle to Liverpool jetty

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has restated its commitment to the safety of passengers, stressing that it is irrevocably devoted to building on the gains recorded in water transportation within the last two years.

The Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), Mr. Ladi Balogun, who disclosed in a statement on Sunday during the LAGFERRY/Elivate 9ja weekly raffle draw promo tagged “Sailin N Smilin” at the Liverpool jetty, Apapa Lagos.

 Balogun said that the State government has deployed more boats and increased daily trips in order to provide safe, fast and reliable alternative mode of transportation for Lagos residents.

He stated that to further improve safety on the waterways, the State government had embarked on the removal of abandoned wrecked ships, debris and unwanted objects to free the waterways of all encumbrance, as well as prevent erosion and degradation of the shorelines.

Balogun noted that 15 new reinforced concrete jetties located within various riverine areas would be commissioned before the end of the 2021.

He maintained that LAGFERRY had raised the standard of ferry operations on the State’s waterways, emphasising that the Agency has not recorded any accident since inception.

Balogun also disclosed that all the Agency’s passengers are fully insured and that life-jackets were provided for everyone on all trips.

“The Sanwo-Olu-led administration is desirous of embracing additional strategic initiatives that will enhance water transportation.

The “Sailin N Smilin” raffle promo was designed to increase commuters and boost water transportation in Lagos, the Agency is witnessing daily increase in commuters.

“More Lagosians are being attracted to the waterways through the raffle draw promo that offers numerous prizes to those who buy LAGFERRY tickets.

“Since we started on 1st of July, 2021, we have taken the draws to many jetties like Ebute Ojo, CMS/Marina etc., and commuters have won different prizes such as Microwave Ovens, Deep Freezers, Standing Fans, Blenders, Electric Kettles and Life Jackets among others”, Balogun said.

He recall that the LAGFERRY/Elivate 9ja weekly raffle draw promo, which was kick-started at the Five Cowries Terminal Falomo in July.

Balogun, however, said that raffle had been taken to several jetties to encourage residents to participate in the grand finale of the raffle promo and a chance to win a grand prize of a Brand New Car on the 30th Sept. 2021.

A passenger, Oluwaseun Adu, who won a microwave oven, commended the Lagos State Government for paying unprecedented attention to water transportation by procuring more boats, constructing new jetties and rehabilitating existing ones.