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Ambode commissions Bariga jetty, ferries, Ilaje road

***says it will ease traffic on Lagos roads

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday commissioned a world-class  Waterfront Jetty in Bariga, and Ferries as well as the Ilaje road in Somolu Local Government Area.

In his
address at the event which took place at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Ambode
said the projects were in line with his administration’s policy of developing an
efficient integrated transport model which would ease the traffic on Lagos
He said the
projects would also solve the problem of cultism and incessant cult clashes,
crises and other security issues previously associated with the area.
The governor
commissioned five transport ferries and the Ilaje road , saying the three
projects were part of the grand plan to decongest roads by getting more of
people to use the waterways transportation.
Of the five
new ferries, four are passenger ferries, while one is a car barge which can move
cars to the other jetties as may be required by people who want to drive in the
other locations.
The jetty has
a 150-car parking lot where people can park their cars comfortably and get on a
ferry taking them to other parts of the State.
Ambode said,
“The new Ilaje road will serve as a very good access road to the Jetty as well
as opening up this community. The Bariga Jetty will serve as a terminal where
people in this part of our State can access ferry services and easily get to
other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore in Ajah.”
The governor
said the thinking behind the projects is inclusion; “an inclusion where every
resident of our State has a say, feels the impact of government in their lives
and is given the opportunity to realise their dreams.
“When we
assumed office four years ago, we set out on a mission to make every community
economically livable. This has been the guiding principle behind spreading our
different projects across the State.
“When we
first started on this project, the initial brief was to upgrade the roads in
this community. But after a proper assessment of the community, it was clear
that there was a bigger opportunity to improve the lives of our people and
security situation here, make Bariga a transport hub and connect the community
to other parts of the State through water transportation.
delivery of this road, the jetty and our new ferries signify our commitment to
the people of Lagos State to continuously provide the critical infrastructure
that will improve their standard of living and also be an impetus to increase
the socio-economic activities of this axis
Assuring that
the provision of comfortable, safe and reliable ferry services for the
residents of Bariga and environs would no doubt bring about an improvement in
journey times that would lead to greater productivity.
“With these
projects, our State is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an
integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to
impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic
gridlock, reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and abate flooding.
Ambode whose
tenure ends on 29th of this May assured that the next administration would continue along these lines and build on the progressive strides the State has
recorded in the last 20 years under successive administrations.
The Nation

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