• Lagos set to increase jetties to 20 with addition of 13 new ones

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    Lagos set to increase jetties to 20 with addition of 13 new ones

    From left Hon. Gbolahan Yisau, Chairman, House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Mr. Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development and Mr. Gbenga Omotoso Commissioner for Information and Strategy during the Ministerial Press Briefing by the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development Commemorate of First Year of Second Term in Office of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu Governor of Lagos State, at Press Center, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Yesterday.

    Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga

    In the bid to complement the existing jetties and create more avenues for water transportation, construction work is at an advanced stage on 13 new jetties across the State and the jetties will be ready for use very soon.

    The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu disclosed this on Friday at a ministerial news conference to commemorate the first year of the second term in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

    Reeling out the achievements of the Ministry under his stewardship in the last year, the Commissioner revealed that the new jetties were additions to the seven jetties commissioned and handed over to Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) this time last year by the governor.

    Alebiosu noted that the jetties were expected to boost water transportation which would serve as an alternative to road travel, especially to avoid incessant traffic gridlock on Lagos roads in line with the intermodal transportation system of the State Government.

    He added that the construction of the jetties was also aimed at promoting safe and easy transportation, reducing travel time as well as enhancing commerce and tourism.

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    The Commissioner also disclosed that the jetties would open up more reclamation opportunities for the creation of waterfront schemes and improve connectivity in the coastal areas, saying that two out of the 13 jetties, VIP Charlet Waterfront Jetty in Badagry and Ilado Jetty at Amuwo-Odofin were already completed and awaiting commissioning.

    According to him, “Takwa Bay Jetty is 93% completed, Agboyi Ketu in Kosofe LGA is 93% completed, Construction is ongoing at Apa Waterfront Jetty, Epe Jetty Terminal at Epe, Ebute Lekki Jetty, White Sand Jetty Terminal at Oyingbo and Ilashe (Periwinkle) Jetty at Ilashe Ojo. Others are the upgrading of Mile 2 jetty at Amuwo-Odofin, Ebute Ero Jetty, Ijede Jetty at Ikorodu, Muwo Jetty at Ojo and Oke Ira-Nla Jetty at Ajah, Eti-Osa LGA.”

    Alebiosu stated that the government, through his Ministry had also embarked on the channelization of the 6.8 km Ikorodu-Mende route for easy navigation of boats, ships and ferries for transportation of the people and goods for people/communities travelling along the route.

    The Commissioner noted that for effective safe and efficient water transportation, the government would continue to open new ferry routes while maintaining the existing ones.

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