Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated the Bariga Waterfront Jetty with seven ferries.
Ambode said the projects were efforts geared toward decongesting the roads and encouraging more people to use water transportation.
He said the ferry services would help residents of Ilaje-Bariga to get to other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore areas of the state.
“This jetty has a 150-car parking lot to enable motorists to park their cars comfortably and get on a ferry to other parts of the state.
“Of the seven new ferries we are commissioning today, four are passenger ferries while one is a car barge which can move cars to the other jetties as may be required by people, who want to drive in the other locations.”
Ambode said that with this, the state was firmly on track with the goal of establishing an integrated transport management system which would continue to impact positively on the lives of people.
He expressed confidence that the next administration would build on the progressive strides the state had recorded in the past 20 years.
The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, said that the facilities would galvanise the state’s economy.
The Baale of Ilaje-Bariga, High Chief Kayode Ayetiwa, thanked the governor for the facilities, saying that they would ease the movement of people from Bariga to other areas of the state.
“We salute your courage for providing the facilities and we assure the government that the community will protect them,” he said.