Sanwo-Olu inaugurate four jetties in riverine communities


Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday inaugurated four newly upgraded jetties.

The inauguration held simultaneously in Badagry Central Local Government and Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, Adebayo Sodade, said the upgraded jetties with waiting shelter and shoreline would serve residents of Ijegun-Egba and its environs.

He said: “The Ijegun-Egba Concrete Terminal Jetty is an essential addition to the state’s intermodal and integrated transportation system. It was built to facilitate water transportation, attract private sector investments and reduce traffic congestion. The governor assures Lagosians of the government’s commitment to complete ongoing jetties and enforce safety regulations, to ensure safe travel on the waterways.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mrs. Patunola-Olayinka Ajayi, emphasised the significance of the jetties in achieving a multi-modal transport system, even as she predicted that increased availability would help reduce cost for commuters.

Chairman of Oriade LCDA Mrs. Ramotalai Akinlola-Hassan thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for his efforts in improving transportation infrastructure in the state.

She hoped for additional projects such as a staff boat to facilitate the movement of local government employees.

She said: “My appreciation to the Lagos State government for the efforts and good job done in Oriade LCDA. Residents of the riverine areas have been enjoying the jetty system.

“There is ongoing construction on Mumuni Adio Road, Alakija Road, Old Ojo Road, but we want more. We need to also have a jetty in Abule Osun, and I will be glad if Mr. Governor can provide a big boat for staff-members of Oriade LCDA for easy movement, especially to office.”

The Asoju Oba of Ibeshe and apex leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oriade LCDA, Chief Richard Wusu, thanked the government for its investments in riverine communities.

He highlighted the positive impact of the newly inaugurated jetties, particularly in facilitating connectivity for residents, access to markets and transportation for school children.

“The inauguration of multiple jetties reflects the government’s commitment to improving transportation infrastructure, enhancing water transportation and reducing travel time for residents. As the government continues to prioritise transportation projects, it is expected that these efforts will contribute to a more efficient and interconnected Lagos State,” he added.