He said that they should take an inventory of their existing technology deployment and work toward new ideas, to enhance service delivery.
The expert said that there was need for Lagos State to provide a water transportation system of class that would have three components — Ticketing and Payment, the Boats or Ferries, and Safety, Search and Rescue.
Wasiu said that the ticketing system must be fully automated at the point of purchase, using the best of payment solutions that could accept diverse payment methods without physical contact with any human.
“, all water transport vehicles must have location trackers, internal and external security cameras, digital SOS or panic buttons.
“Others are, the Automatic weighing machine that has intelligent and good communication system that is realtime to the nearest terminal or control centre.
“We should also endeavour to acquire ferries that are energy efficient, eco friendly and possibly look at vessels that are powered by renewable energy like solar.
” Safety, Search and Rescue is one of the most important and critical components of any transportation system.
” Accident and emergencies on the water ways are not what we wish for, but there is need to be prepared for emergency situations to save life and property,” Wasiu said.
He said that a very efficient safety and rescue system would increase people’s confidence in water transportation in the state.
“Safety actually starts at the point of boarding, and all ferry terminals must be provided with CCTV cameras,” Wasiu said.
He urged Lagos State to improve on the number of its search and rescue devices, noting that a robot rescue machine was already being procured.
Wasiu said that there were intelligent, unmanned water robots, supported by drones that could be activated remotely by vessels during distress.
In his goodwill message, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Damilola Emmanuel, said he would support in ensuring that waterways transportation achieved the Multi-Modal Transportation System in the state.
Emmanuel said that there was no record of boat mishap since January due to effective compliance to safety guidelines by the ferry operators.
Braimoh commended Lagferry on their compliance to safety standards and urged them not to relent.
In his opening remarks, the Director, Head of Public Affairs Unit, Lagferry, Mr Hakeem Odushina, said that the company had recorded huge success in the last two years of their operation.
He attributed this to regular training of members of staff.
A former Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission, Mr Ashimi Jamiu, whi was a resource person, said that imbibing technology in Lagferry would make their operations easier.
Ladidi said that they had integrated ticketing solutions that eliminate human contact in their operations.
The Head of Operations, Lagferry, Mr Amos Semasa, said he had been able to tap different ideas on how to tackle the challenges confronting them in ticketing and other areas.
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