Traffic Gridlock: Lagos To Acquire More Ferries

  • Traffic Gridlock: Lagos To Acquire More Ferries

As part of efforts to reduce the traffic congestion on Lagos roads, the State Ferry Services Corporation has said that it would soon acquire more ferries.

The Managing Director of the corporation, AbdoulBaq Ladi-Balogun, made the disclosure when the General Manager of Lagos Traffic Radio, Mr Tayo Akanle, led the management of the station to visit him in his office.

Lagos, the nation’s largest city with a population of over 21 million, is known for its traffic congestion leaving commuters spending hours in their cars and the waterways that provide good transport options, are hardly used.

To decongest the roads, Balogun said the corporation is targeting 30 percent movement of Lagos commuters on the waterways as soon as possible.

He said: “Our target is to achieve a 30 percent movement of Lagos commuters on the waterways as soon as possible.

“This corporation has one of the best ferries just as we would soon take possession of more ferries.

“We will play a significant role in the multi-modal transportation initiative of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, especially as it aims at decongesting the roads.”

He said that the multi-modal transportation initiative of the Sanwo-Olu administration involving water, rail and road would be in full effect within the next two years.

On his part, Akanle said the radio station is ready to sensitise the commuters on the benefits of movement on waterways, adding that the primary reason for the visit was to raise awareness of other means transportation in the state in order to ease the gridlock on the roads.

“The partnership we are seeking will be of immense benefit to Lagos commuters.

“It will also lay credence to the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to deliver a reliable, safe, efficient and effective transportation system that will enhance mass movement of Lagosians,” he said.

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