Lagos Organises ‘Independence Watermania’ to Reward Boat Passengers

File photo of newly procured boats commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the launch of Lagferry Operations and Mobile App at Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah earlier ìn the year

[File Photo] R-L: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat; Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Ferry Services (Lagferry), Abdoulbaq Balogun; Commissioner for Transport, Frederic Oladeinde and Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji during the launch of Lagferry Operations, Mobile App and new Boats at Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah, earlier in the year.
In commemorating Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government has concluded plans to reward passengers, organise boat cruise and tours to landmark places in the Centre of Excellence.

Disclosing this on Monday, the Managing Director of Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY), Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun, said the Sanwo-Olu administration would be celebrating Nigeria at 60 by appreciating Lagosians who have embraced water transportation as a reliable alternative to road transportation.

He also announced a 60 per cent payable rate on all boat trips from September 30 to October 2 with the opportunity for passengers to win various prizes through a raffle draw.

The managing director added that a boat cruise has been organised for October 3 on its MV Adimu Orisa, in addition to a tour of historic and landmark places on October 1 (Independence Day) scheduled for the general public from Mile 2 to Badagry.

Ladi-Balogun explained that prospective tourists would have the opportunity to visit the First Storey Building in Nigeria, Point of No Return and Slave Barracoon, among others in Badagry.

On the Falomo to Epe Boat Tour, he noted that interested passengers would visit the Ancient Aiyetoro Market, Chief Oluwo Fish Market, LASU Epe Campus and Epe Resort.

LAGFERRY boss added that other planned routes for the day include Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Development Council Area, Ikorodu to Badore Ajah, Ilaje Bariga to Victoria Island to Falomo Ikoyi to CMS/Marina and Ebute Ero in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

According to him, “As Nigerians, we have every cause to celebrate our diversity and unity every October 1 and Lagos, being the Centre of Excellence with the largest concentration of all ethnic groups in the country, has a pivotal role to play to sustain unity. This is why we intend to celebrate independence by showcasing our history, culture and heritage.”

While assuring Lagosians of the Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to continuously place a priority on waterways safety, Ladi-Balogun said all passengers of LAGFERRY are fully insured while the boats are safe with strict adherence to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols and other regulations.

“As part of our safety regulations, it is compulsory for all boat passengers to wear life jackets before boarding, washing of hands with water and use of sanitisers, temperature check, maintaining physical distance between clients and operating within regulated hours.

“It must also be noted that all the boats are equipped with modern technology and onboard entertainment,” he explained.

Idowu Sowunmi