- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commissioned 14 speed boats for commercial water transportation
- Sanwo-Olu also launched the Lagos ferry services (LAGFERRY) which will take care of the operation of the waterways in the state for commercial purpose
- The launch of LAGFERRY also came with a mobile app meant to facilitate the services for Lagosians
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the Lagos state government will not go back on the ban placed on Okada and tricycles for the sake of the safety of Lagosians.
Sanwo-Olu said that the government will sustain the ban in order to ensure the security and safety of both indigenes and residents in the state.
The governor said: "Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on Okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons."
He reiterated this during the launch of Lagos ferry services (LAGFERRY) with the commissioning of 14 commercial boats followed by a mobile app at Badore Ferry Terminal located in the Ajah area of the state on Tuesday, February 4.
The governor said that this great and commendable feat is meant to deliver a top-notch water transportation system so as to tackle the usual discomfort faced by Nigerians on roads.
He stated that the operation of this mode of transportation will no doubt promote healthy living and restore an ambience that that has low carbon emission.
Sanwo-Olu further said that before the end of 2020, the state government will increase the number of boats from 14 to 30 so as to meet the needs of commuters at different times of the day.
He promised Lagosians that the services will be spread to major places in the state like Badagry, Lekki, and Ajegunle.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that as a way of cushioning the effect of the recent ban placed Okada and tricycles, the Lagos state government on Sunday, February 2, revealed what it had come up with as an alternative.
In a statement on Sunday, the state's commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said that the government has injected 65 new buses into the transport system which will start functioning from Monday, February 3.
Moreover, Omotoso said that apart from the fact that about 550 more buses are being expected, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4.
On behalf of the state, Omotoso thanked operators of the banned vehicles for utmost compliance with the ban, adding that this shows that Lagosians are on the same page with the government on the need to curb or even possibly eliminate the road disasters that had been linked to Okada and tricycles.
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