Sanwo-Olu, Senate seek partnership on water transportation

The Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Senate have begun conversations to promote water transportation in the state.

On Thursday, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, mentioned the need for the federal and state governments to be on the same page on waterways.

Sanwo-Olu assured all that the state government will continue to improve and enhance its working relationship with the Federal Government authority, the National Inland Waterways Authority.

According to him, the state Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure was set up to put in place the right and needed infrastructure around waterways in the State, and therefore urged NIWA to be on the same page with the State Government.

Sanwo-Olu spoke during the working and courtesy visit of the Senate Committee on Marine Transportation and Blue Economy led by its Chairman, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday.

“We see ourselves as partners with NIWA on waterways. We are committed, and we believe that they are equally committed. The only area in which we need to strengthen our relationship is the sand filling and approval on sand filling. Let us be on the same page. We can continue to improve and enhance the working relationship between us and NIWA,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu, while highlighting landmark achievements by the Lagos State Government on the blue economy and water transportation, said his administration would soon introduce electric boats to water transportation, among other interventions in its bid to enhance marine ecosystems and reduce travel time.



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