Lagos State Government (LASG) Successfully Completes Modern Floating Jetty at CMS-Marina for Enhanced Commuting
The Lagos State Government (LASG) has accomplished the construction of a contemporary floating jetty at CMS-Marina, a step aimed at improving the safe transportation of both residents and visitors within Lagos.
In a press release issued on Monday in Lagos, Mr. Abdoulbaq Balogun, the Managing Director of Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), conveyed this significant development. The statement, signed by Mr. Akeem Odusina, the Director of Public Affairs Service, was shared with the media.
Balogun highlighted that the newly constructed CMS jetty serves as a pivotal connection point for the recently inaugurated CMS-Marina Blue Line Rail System. He emphasized that the CMS-Marina corridor not only serves as a seamless intersection for Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), the Blue Line Rail Transport, and Water Transport, but also serves as a bustling waterways hub, witnessing substantial daily ridership. This hub links numerous coastal regions including Badore-Ajah in Eti Osa Local Government; Ipakodo, Ibeshe, and Ijede in Ikorodu Local Government; and Ilaje Bariga Waterfront in Somolu/Bariga Local Government.
Balogun further underlined the connectivity of this corridor to various coastal areas, such as Liverpool, Ajegunle, and TinCan Island in Apapa/Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government; Mile 2, Sabonkoji, Ilashe, Ibeshe, Ikare, and Ijegun Egba in Amuwo-Odofin/Oriade Local Government; Ebute Ojo, Ijanikin/Oto-Awori/Agbara in Ojo Local Government; as well as Apa, Topo, Iworo-Ajido, and Ebute Miller Marina in Badagry Local Government.
He emphasized the alignment of this project with the T.H.E.M.E.S+ Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, with Traffic Management and Transportation being the cornerstone. Balogun reinforced the government’s dedication to enhancing facilities for a secure water transportation system, with the intention of reducing road traffic congestion, providing a dependable alternative mode of transportation, and enhancing the productivity of residents.
Balogun elaborated on how the new floating jetty will offer smoother boat anchorage, simplified access to different parts of the city, a boost to economic activities along Lagos waterways, and a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers.
He reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to establishing a multimodal transport network that seamlessly integrates road, rail, and water transportation.
Balogun highlighted that the Floating Pontoon Jetty has been constructed using robust and durable materials, ensuring safety in various weather conditions. He explained that the Pontoon Jetty is engineered to withstand storms without being affected by water resistance, preventing damage to boats due to changing tides—be they too high or too low.
He emphasized that the floating jetty, developed for Lagos Ferry Services and other Boat Operators, has been designed in accordance with international standards. Balogun pointed out that the jetty is equipped with comprehensive safety features, including a fire extinguisher compartment, safety lifebuoys, inbuilt fenders on the side of the fingers, and gangways for efficient disembarkation and boarding.