NIWA to build more jetties in Lagos, says official




NIWA Jetty at Marina, Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says it will construct more jetties to boost water transportation in Lagos.

The Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Mr Mu’azu Sambo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on that the jetties would be built on Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.

According to him, the jetties will help in providing infrastructure for water transportation.

``NIWA has close to seven jetties in Lagos, owned by NIWA, built by NIWA, managed by NIWA, for the purpose of aiding our water transportation.

``Remember that jetties are like airports. Jetties are to water transport what airports are to air transport; and therefore, they are the most critical in terms of infrastructure.

``There is a large volume of passengers moving between Maroko and Ikorodu; people who come from Ikorodu to Lagos to work.

``There is also movement between Ikorodu and CMS. So, these jetties are helping in providing the infrastructure for water transportation in Lagos.

``That is not to say, however, that, we do not require more jetties, we do.

``Now, because of the limited resources of government, what we have adopted is the policy of PPP, Public Private Partnership for infrastructure development and enhancement.’’

Sambo said that the agency presently had about 126 jetties, and described them as massive, even in terms of costs of maintenance.

The area manager stated that greater priority would be given to areas like Liverpool and Coconut in Lagos, among others, in the construction of the new jetties, while the CMS jetty would be given a world-class face-lift.