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Lagos closes Ikorodu ferry terminal over safety concerns

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has announced the temporary suspension of ferry operations at the Ikorodu Terminal due to the influx of water hyacinth obstructing the smooth navigation of ferries along the Ipakodo Ferry Terminal.

This disclosure is available on LASWA’s X (formerly Twitter) handle and is part of a public notice that the organization released on Friday, November 10, 2023.

The statement advised passengers and operators of the ferries to not attempt to access or utilize the waterways through the Ikorodu Terminal for their safety.

LASWA also revealed that in order to quickly restore the jetty’s functionality, it will be collaborating with EQUUS to eradicate the water hyacinth at the Ikorodu Terminal.

For the period the Ikorodu Terminal stays closed, the Lagos States Waterways Authority has instructed passengers to utilize the Ibeshe Terminal and the Jetty for their water transportation needs within Lagos State.

Before the end of 2023, a second jetty would open in the Ikorodu axis, according to additional information provided by LASWA.

PUBLIC NOTICE:

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF IPAKODO FERRY TERMINAL AND OFFERING OF TWO ALTERNATIVE JETTIES/TERMINALS

Due to the influx of water hyacinth obstructing the smooth navigation of ferries along the Ipakodo Ferry Terminal, we hereby notify the general public that the ferry operations at the Ikorodu Terminal are temporarily suspended until further notice.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this temporary closure. Passengers and Operators are advised not to attempt to access or utilize the waterways through the Ikorodu Terminal during this period for their safety.

LASWA will immediately be working with EQUUS to continue to look into how to get rid of the water hyacinth along the Ikorodu Terminal.

We have recently opened the Ibeshe Terminal and also just co-operated with the Nigerian Navy and Association of Boat Operators Ikorodu Division to temporarily utilize the Majidun Jetty. The Ibeshe Terminal and Majidun Jetty are open for use as alternatives during this period.

We also intend to open another Jetty shortly in the Ikorodu axis before the end of the Year. Once more Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to work together to build a safe, clean and prosperous inland waterway.

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