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Don Urges Lagos To Do More On Water Transportation
« on: August 01, 2017, 04:11:46 AM »
Dean, School of Transportation Studies, Lagos State University (LASU) Prof Samuel Odewunmi has charged the  state  government to concentrate more on water transportation, a sector, he said, it has an huge comparative advantage.

Odewunmi said the less-than-one percent contribution of water transportation is unacceptable for a state globally reputed for its acquatic splendour. He said though the state targets about two percent of passenger traffic daily (which is about one million riders per day), when all its policies fully come on stream, the figure is still insignificant, pointing out that it should target a minimum of five percent before 2019.

He said: ?Water transportation where availabl, beats other modes of tranportation (rail and highway), on carrying capacity, lifespan of rolling stocks, implementation cost, social and environmental cost.?

In a paper: ?Accelerating Integrated Transport System: Rail Roads and Waterways,? delivered at a public forum, Odewunmi said the state could start with the rehabilitation of old jetties, increase the number and quality of the jetties, and chart new routes on its waterways.

He said an efficient waterways would facilitate the decongestion of the roads especially along the state?s coastal areas, and complement government?s rail line effort along Mile 2, where more than six new jetties could be created.

Commending the state?s ongoing efforts on the expansion of roads and rail, Odewunmi said the development of the waterways would impact more positively on fares and safety as well as speed with which passengers could move round in Lagos.

He said ridership would increase if the government builds motorable roads to jetties to improve accessibility which hitherto has been problematic. He frowned at practices of dumping refuse at jetties and their access roads because of long period of abandonment.

?There should be a marshal plan to rehabilitate and reconstruct all the roads and recover all the jetties. Toilets and recreational facilities should be provided where they are presently non- existent and upgraded where they are in shambles, before government takes delivery of new ferries,? he added.

Odewunmi noted that if adequately charted and put to good use, the likelihood of kidnappers or militants using its waterways as escape routes would be reduced or totally eradicated.


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Don Urges Lagos To Do More On Water Transportation
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