To mitigate the unusually draining snarl up in the Ajah-Lekki axis of Lagos state, the government has commenced operations from the Badore Terminal to Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo Ikoyi.
This was revealed by the Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services, Abdoulbaq Balogun who said decision to mitigate traffic in Lagos was to immediately explore commuting through waterways.
Balogun revealed that his agency officially commenced operations from the Badore Terminal, Ajah to Addax Jetty, Victoria Island to Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo Ikoyi.
The traffic gridlock along the Badore-Ajah-Lekki-Victoria Island axis worsened in the last few days due to long queues at filling stations along the road.
Commuters have had to spend upward of four hours in traffic for a journey from Badore to Victoria Island, which alternatively should take 20 minutes by boat from same Badore to Victoria Island or to Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo, Ikoyi.
While on an inspection tour of operations at the Badore Terminal, the LAGFERRY boss urged road users to make use of water transportation as a means of decongesting road traffic.
He stated that the LAGFERRY boats deployed to the route are of world class standard, safe, comfortable, fast, reliable and eco-friendly, adding that all passengers are also insured on all trips.
In his words, “We need to embrace the waterways as a viable alternative to road transport and means of decongesting traffic on Lagos roads. This administration is investing massively in water transportation by procuring world-class standard boats, constructing and rehabilitating terminals/jetties. Every passenger boarding our boats receives an instant message informing them that they are insured on each trip. All these are meant to ensure passenger safety and confidence”.
He stated that the Badore Terminal, which has commenced full operations, has ample space for passengers’ cars and can be boarded between 6.45am and 9.00am to Victoria Island and Falomo, Ikoyi.
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