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LAGFERRY gets kudos for transporting 700,000 passengers in 2 years

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An ICT expert, Mr Jimoh Wasiu, has commended Lagos Ferry Services Company (LAGFERRY) for transporting 700,000 passengers since it started full waterways operations in February 2020.

Wasiu gave the commendation during a two-day retreat with the theme: “Innovative Water Transportation for 21st century Economy” held in Lagos on Saturday.

He commended the ferry service for already having a fleet of 20 in two years of its operation.

Wasiu urged Lagferry management to engage in continuous training of its staff, for better service delivery.

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, also the Head of Development, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, commended the state government for providing Cowry cards for ferry passengers.

He said that ticketing was one of the biggest challenges of transportation system in the developing countries of the world, noting that Lagos State was moving in the right direction in this regard.

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.

He said that contact or contactless technologies should also be deployed to verify tickets using RFID and barriers.

“, 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.

The Lagos Area Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Mrs Sarat Braimoh, who was represented by Mr Kelvin Abba, said the state had been contributing greatly to water transportation.

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.

One of the participants, the Head of ICT, Department, Lagferry, Ms Yehwa Ladidi, said there was need for the company to improve on search and rescue.

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.

(NAN)
LAGFERRY gets kudos for transporting 700,000 passengers in 2 years

An ICT expert, Mr Jimoh Wasiu, has commended Lagos Ferry Services Company (LAGFERRY) for transporting 700,000 passengers since it started full waterways operations in February 2020.

Wasiu gave the commendation during a two-day retreat with the theme: “Innovative Water Transportation for 21st century Economy” held in Lagos on Saturday.

He commended the ferry service for already having a fleet of 20 in two years of its operation.

Wasiu urged Lagferry management to engage in continuous training of its staff, for better service delivery.

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, also the Head of Development, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, commended the state government for providing Cowry cards for ferry passengers.

He said that ticketing was one of the biggest challenges of transportation system in the developing countries of the world, noting that Lagos State was moving in the right direction in this regard.

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.

He said that contact or contactless technologies should also be deployed to verify tickets using RFID and barriers.

“, 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.

The Lagos Area Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Mrs Sarat Braimoh, who was represented by Mr Kelvin Abba, said the state had been contributing greatly to water transportation.

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.

One of the participants, the Head of ICT, Department, Lagferry, Ms Yehwa Ladidi, said there was need for the company to improve on search and rescue.

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.

(NAN)

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