… Donates Fiber Boats To Communities In Epe
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured existing and potential investors in Water Transportation of the commitment of the present administration to develop the sector to international standards through the construction of modern jetties and terminals as well as channelization of waterways.
This assurance was given by the Governor, through the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, at the commissioning of a modern Fibre Glass Boat donated by the government to riverine Communities in Epe.
Ambode explained that his administration is also making efforts to strengthen the regulatory framework for the effective monitoring of operators with an overriding objective of ensuring the safety of lives on Lagos waterways.
He stated that the boat is manufactured from durable Fibre Glass which makes it lighter and faster on the waterways compared to the conventional wooden boats, adding that, “It is also equipped with safety items, including standard safety vests to ensure that passengers are secured in the events of any mishap”.
On the strategic benefits of the boat, the Governor expressed confidence that the Fibre Boats would give a boost to social and economic activities of the fishermen and fish traders in Epe, by providing a fast means of moving their stock to the mainland while school children in the hinterland will benefit from the opportunity of having a safe transportation to and from schools on the mainland.
In his remark, the Executive Chairman, Epe Local Government, Hon. Adedoyin thanked the Lagos State Government for its sensitivity to the needs of the people of Epe which brought about the donation of the Fibre Glass Boat.
He said also that the Boat will go a long way to make life easier for the people, especially in regards to movement across riverine communities.