LAGOS – Lagos State Government has stated that it has intensifying efforts in completing construction works on nine concrete jetties, with shelter and shoreline protection across the State waterfront.
With this, the state government averred that this would improve and boost water transportation, as well as decongest traffic on the roads.
Arch. Kabiru Abdullahi, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, disclosed this in Lagos during press briefing to review that activities of the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
The Commissioner stated that the Ministry was able to complete the Baiyeku Waterfront Jetty in Ikorodu during the period under review, adding that the project would be part of those that would soon be commissioned by the Governor to mark the one year in Office.
He revealed that eight other jetties at various stages of completion were projected for commissioning before the end of the year.
According to him, the soon to be completed jetties are Offin Jetty, Ikorodu; Ilado Jetty, Amuwo-Odofin; Ito-Omu Jetty, Epe; Takwa-Bay Jetty, Eti- Osa and Ilashe Jetties, Ojo; VIP Charlet, Apa and Ajido Waterfront Jetties all in Badagry.
He noted that channelisation of waterways projects from Ijede to Badore, Baiyeku to Ajah, Ebute-Ojo to Marina and Ijede to Marina routes have been completed to improve water transportation.
Abdullahi disclosed that the channelisation of Mile 2 to Marina route had started following the State government’s approval.
He said other achievements of the Ministry in the past 12 months, include the removal of ship wreckage to militate against erosion and degradation of coastline at Zaki Village, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government and Takwa-Bay in Eti- Osa Local Government Areas of the State.
Meanwhile, Arch. Abdullahi, has urged the Federal Government to join forces with the State Government in mitigating the effects of erosion and the protection of Lagos Coastline.
According to the Commissioner, the erosion of Lagos coastline was a direct impact of the construction of the Eastern and Western Moles by the Federal Government as far back as 1912 to provide safe access for vessels coming into the Lagos harbour.
“This has put a heavy financial burden on the State with regards to the protection of its coastline,” Abdullahi said.
He also urged the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to create channels for boat navigation on the waterways and stop enabling illegal dredging activities, stressing that the Agency needed to support Lagos in preventing the degradation of Lagos shoreline, road infrastructure and halting environmental pollution.
He said: “NIWA should refocus its attention on its primary mandate, which is to create channels for boat navigation on the Waterways, instead of acting as land speculators among others.”
Arc. Abdullahi further stated that a total of 34 dredgers operating illegally were arrested and prosecuted by the State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences during the period under review.
To further increase land availability for Housing and Infrastructural Development, the Lagos State Government has expressed the desire to continue to create more man-made islands at its waterfront across the State.
According to the Commissioner, work had commenced on the reclamation of 100 hectares of the land proposed for mixed-use development named “Ostia Islands,” beside Orange Island at Eti-Osa Local Government Area.