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Lagos revamps water transportation, as Ikorodu terminal bounces back


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

As part of its commitment to facilitate an effective and efficient integrated transportation system, the Lagos State Government has begun arrangements to revamp its Ferry Terminal at Ipakodo in Ikorodu for pilot operations.

Indeed, it has embarked on a turnaround renovation of the terminal to upgrade the facility to a world-class, robust and accessible hub for the water transportation and other ancillary services that would engender convenience and safety, efficiency and effectiveness in water transportation experience for both the commuters and operators in the state.

The terminal, when fully operational, will primarily provide an umbrella shelter for ferry logistics with ample and safe space for operators to load and offload passengers, goods and services.

They will provide for the convenience of operators as well as the commuters, safety considerations like water ambulances and emergency rescue and water maintenance in collaboration with Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

The facilities will also provide for recreation and shopping, banking, foodcourt, parking, customer services, security, and well-maintained conveniences.

The Director, Corporate Services, Ikorodu Terminal, Amina Agboola said, pilot operations at the Ikorodu Ferry Terminal is essentially for boat and ferry operators and their passengers to have a feel of the facility ahead of a full go-live in April, 2018.

“Our role is to work with the operators to ensure that this facility is maximised to help develop and grow water transportation in Lagos. We are very keen to provide efficient, safe and world class water transport solutions in Nigeria,” he said.

Agboola added: “Indeed, the safety of operators, commuters, our team and visitors, is a strategic priority for us. We have put in place intelligent control measures, which will reduce or eliminate hazards within the terminal. These measures will also take care of delays, eliminate rush, human errors, improve connectivity and provide a better customer experience. Our Water ambulance service and rescue team are prepared to respond within the shortest time possible to any emergency situation.”

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