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NIWA to partner more private ferry operators in Lagos

Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has promised to make the inland water
transportation busy and safer for Lagos residents.

Lagos Area Manager, Mohammed Sambo, disclosed this at the official
commissioning of Seacoast Ferry Service in Lagos.

said with over 21 million people living in Lagos and with over six million
traveling daily to either their work place or around the city, water
transportation remains the best option.

said, “A better option is to travel by water, the business of NIWA is to
develop inland waterway transport in Nigeria as the fourth mode of
transportation which is the least developed in Nigeria.

job is to make inland waterway transport as busy as possible and within a
period of less than three days he (Seacoast) has our approval to operate ferry
at our terminal at CMS, Victoria Island and Ikorodu.

arrange some strategic partnership with Seacoast to alleviate the suffering of
the people of Lagos.  Seacoast has deployed 9 boats and about 15 will come

will give them the institutional support that is necessary to assist them in
achieving their objectives and to deepen water transport in Lagos and in
Nigeria in particular.”

also said NIWA was doing everything possible to ensure the clearance of water
hyacinth on the waterways.

of the major problems affecting water transportation in Nigeria is water
hyacinth and NIWA has every year decided to deploy its water hyacinth clearing
machine with the purpose of clearing water hyacinth from our waterways and make
water transportation as easy as possible.

operate nine boats now but before the end of the year, we intend adding additional
11 boats and we will continue to do that until we have 40 boats to operate
around Lagos before expanding to other parts of the country.”

boats would be built in Nigeria. Also, we have employed about seventy Nigerians
presently working with us and we promise to employ more as soon as we expand
our fleet and operations,” he said

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