By Aisha Cole
Mamora made the disclosure in a statement signed on Saturday by the head of the Lagos region of the National Waterways Authority (NIWA), Ms. Sarat Braimoh.
The Nigerian press agency recalls that the minister inaugurated the Tin Can pier built by the federal government in Lagos and handed over to the NIWA.
The minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had promised that no part of the country would suffer from neglect, due to its geographic location or political affiliation.
The former senator said the inauguration of the new jetty would address the threat of pollution and siltation affecting water transport in Lagos.
He said: “It is estimated that an average of six million commuters pass daily from the mainland of Lagos to the island of Lagos.
“Which also takes a journey time of around three hours, while ferry transport, through inland waterways, will take 30 minutes to reach the destination.
“This form of transport will also take around two million commuters out of the Lagos traffic jam.”
Mamora said the project was approved in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the aim of tackling the threat of pollution, which had been a major problem hampering water transport on some of the ferry routes in Lagos.
“The federal government’s intervention in the construction of the jetty will bring tremendous relief and allay fears of erosion and other ecological challenges in the Tin Can area.
“Therefore, NIWA had identified CMS – Mile 2 as the busiest ferry route, with high pollution levels along the river banks, as well as siltation along the ferry channel. “
The minister said these challenges negatively affected ferry services as marine litter and shallow canals forced service operators to avoid these routes.
He noted that the dream, however, was to revive, modernize existing piers and make the ferry route operational through the removal of silt and solid waste along the canals.
NIWA Managing Director Dr George Moghalu said the Iko community were the main beneficiaries of the federal government project.
While addressing the community leaders who honored the commissioning, Moghalu asked them to regard the project as theirs and to manage and protect it.
“One thing we have noticed is that despite the limited resources the government has, it develops projects, but people ignore them and mismanage them, and in the end turn against the government.
“We have received enough support from the government of the day, it is the government’s desire to make water transport, in particular river transport, a means of choice for the movement of goods and services.”
In her welcoming speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), Dr Habiba Lawal, said that the federal government had received many inquiries regarding the necessity and desirability of the project.
She said the government had embarked on the project because of the imminent danger posed by the devastating recurrent erosion and flooding that threatened the lives and properties of these communities.
Lawal said the risk of shoreline erosion and its negative consequences requires the federal government to act quickly to apply a holistic approach to controlling floods that trigger the threat of shoreline erosion caused by high ocean currents / tidal waves. tide over the years.
The EFO official said he was confident the project would bring help to communities, whose lives and properties were in danger.
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