Shipping Expert seeks adequate develoment of infrastructure for inland water transportation

Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin

A shipping expert, Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin, has urged the Federal Government to provide adequate infrastructure to boost inland water transportation in the country.
 Adedoyin, Managing Director of Peacegate Group, a firm involved in shipping and maritime support services, made the call in an interview on Tuesday in Lagos.

He suggested that the business of water transportation must be done on best practices by clearing the water channels and making the jetties accessible for safe operation.

``First of all, the channel needs to be cleared, the waters need to be dredged.

``The right jetties need to be built and building this means that you need to make it accessible and people will have to be able to come in, find somewhere to sit, even in some cases, park and ride.

`` You drive from your house to the place; park it, get on the boat; come back in the evening; you shorten your journey time, that is key.

``Also, they need to look at the Search and Rescue issue; is quite important.

``Even if there is an accident, there is quick response to saving lives; that is also very important.

``And the health and safety, it should be put in place that people know what they need to do in case of an accident.”

Adedoyin said that water transportation would always be a big business in Lagos due to the population of people in the state.

He said the inland water transportation was capable of cutting down the time people spent in traffic for hours.