Ajegunle, Festac, Satelite towns, others to enjoy modern ferry services soon—NIWA

L-R: Country Director, Seacoach Ferry, Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju and Lagos Area Manager, NIWA, Mr Mu'azu Sambo in one of the Seacoach boats in CMS

Residents of communities including Ajegunle, FESTAC, Satelite Town, Mile 2 and several others will soon
have the choice of travelling by ferry to CMS, to beat the long hours
of traffic gridlock suffered daily.

Mr Mu’azu Sambo, the Lagos Area Manager, National Inland Waterways
Authority(NIWA) disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos.

One of the Seacoach ferryboats

The floating jetty

An old ferryboat at CMS jetty

He said considerations to operate on these routes arose from the
success of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Seacoach Ferry that
now transports passengers from CMS to Ikorodu in just 32 minutes.

According to the Area Manager, the new fleet of ferryboats offers
passengers comfort and efficient service, which NIWA wants to extend
to areas with high population movement into Lagos Island.

“From this terminal, passengers are moved to Ikorodu; in 32 minutes
they are in Ikorodu.

“Passengers in Ikorodu are brought here the same way passengers from
here to Apapa are taken and brought back here.

“This is a paradigm shift in water transportation in the Lagos area.
There never has been such level of comfort in moving people by water
as this one.

“That is why we, NIWA, as development partners are encouraging them
and providing the necessary environment for them to operate smoothly
and seamlessly.

“We are intending to replicate this along other routes, especially in
areas that are densely populated, that have high population movements
to Lagos and from Lagos.

“Such areas include, but are not limited to Ajegunle, Festac, Satelite
Town, Mile 2.”

Sambo, however, said that NIWA would have to first deal with the
challengeof cleaning the dirt from the water in those areas.

He said that water-cleaning equipment would be procured to clean
debris from the water as well as clean water hyacinths, which he said
affected boat movements periodically in Lagos.