Newly elected Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has divulged that his administration will improve the water transport system.
Discussing yesterday July 18 at the 4th Lagos Traffic Radio lecture series which was titled ‘Lagos beyond road: the intermodal transport option’, the Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who represented Sanwo-Olu said that the Governor has been dialoguing with different investors who have shown interest in the transportation sector of Lagos State, especially water transport.
Sanwo-Olu admitted that the water transport sector is greatly undermined in terms of exploiting its economic potentials. “The current traffic situation indicates that 95 percent of transportation is done by road in our state of over 22 million people with about 25 percent of the landmass consisting of waterways.
“The essence, therefore, is to reduce the number of cars on the road and provide alternative options which are rail and waterways transportation, which will be efficient and safe for Lagosians and those that choose to visit our state.”
The Lagos State government stated that it is vital to incorporate intermodal transport in Lagos State to ease traffic gridlock, adding that the blue line initiated and BRT lanes constructed were not enough.
Former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who was the guest speaker of the series while addressing the attendees disclosed that during his tenure, his leadership paid and took delivery of a 1,200-capacity coach, which was part of the infrastructure of the Blue Line Rail Project initiated by his administration.
Fashola urged the leadership of Sanwo-Olu to concentrate and ensure that the Blue Line Rail Project is completed as a major relief to the traffic congestion problem.
Fashola also advised the state government to immediately focus on the proper build-up of roads, thereby creating ‘the central spine’ network of roads to reduce traffic gridlock being experienced in almost every part of the metropolis.