‘Okada’ ban: Lagos deploys boats with free Wi-fi, onboard entertainment

The LAGFERRY boats

The LAGFERRY boats launched by Gov Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020

Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) said it has deployed more boats for operations ahead of the June 1 proposed ban on commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as ‘Okada’, in some parts of the state.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs, LAGFERRY, Mr. Akeem Odusina, on Tuesday in Lagos.

Odusina said the firm had also increased its daily operational trips at terminals/jetties located within the affected areas.

According to him, some of the terminals/jetties, include Badore Terminal, Ajah; Ipakodo Terminal, Ikorodu; Five Cowries Terminal, Ikoyi; CMS/Victoria Island Terminal, Liverpool Terminal, Apapa and Ilaje Bariga Terminal in Bariga.

He said that traveling by water was 100 percent traffic-free, adding that ”there were first-mile, last-mile buses available at the Terminal/Jetty Parks to take passengers to their final destination.”

While assuring the commuting public of a safe, fast, reliable, and convenient experience on the waterways, the LAGFERRY spokesperson said that the terminals had secured ample car park spaces.

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“LAGFERRY boats are state-of-the-art built, equipped with modern technology like free Wi-fi, and onboard entertainment and they are monitored in real-time to ensure passengers’ safety.

” All Passengers on all trips have insurance covers provided by a consortium of reputable Insurance Companies led by the Lagos State Assurance Company Ltd.

”The agency adheres strictly to all safety regulations, including the compulsory wearing of life jackets and operating within regulated hours.

The Lagos State Government had announced a ban on commercial motorcycle operations in some local governments and local council development areas effective June 1.

”They are Yaba, Coker-Aguda, Itire-Ikate, Apapa-Iganmu, Ojodu, Onigbongbo, Lagos Island East, Lagos Island West, Eti-Osa East, Eti-Osa West, Iru-Victoria Island and Ikoyi-Obalende.”

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