Lagos Traffic Forces Commuters To Patronise Waterways

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The perennial chaotic traffic situation in Lagos metropolis has compelled many residents and motorists to patronise the waterways, a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) check has revealed.

According to the check, no fewer than 600 people were sighted at Sand fill Addax Jetty in Lekki to board boats to different parts of the state.

A journey from the jetty to Ikorodu, for instance, takes between 25 to 30 minutes costing only N500 per trip, instead of the three to four hours by road and almost a N1,000 bus fare.

Operators of the boats also charged between N300 and N400 from Lekki Jetty to Mile 2 for the 20 minutes trip, while commercial buses charge N500 for the same distance.

A boat operator, Mr. Ayo Fowora at the Jetty told NAN that the necessary safety measures had been taken to forestall any mishap.

“All users are compelled to wear lifejackets before boarding the boats and we have officials of Lagos State Water Transport Authority (LASWTA) around to enforce compliance,” he said.

He said each operator usually make three to four trips daily.

“We are always very busy because of the large number of people using the waterways as their mode of transportation. In the morning and evening, there are a lot of passengers for us to move,” Fawora said.

Another operator, Mr. Sikiru Oriekun, who said he made five trips daily, however, added that they only recorded low patronage during the rains.

A passenger, who gave his name simply as Moses, said travelling by boat was the best option in face of the chaotic traffic in the city.

“I prefer to travel by boat from Lekki to Mile 2 because of the traffic jam on the roads; one will get to his destination faster and stress-free,” he said.

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