Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged residents to stop littering and abusing waterways so as to reduce accidents.
Sanwo-Olu issued the warning at the launch of the waterways cleanup campaign by the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA at the Cowrie centre in Ikoyi..
Represented by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, the governor said his administration will employ water transportation as a way to unlock traffic gridlocks across the State and make Lagosians more productive.
“Adherence to the campaign messages would reduce accidents on waterways, ensure free flow of movements as well as protect aquatic animals, among other benefits.
“In order to sustain the management of the multifaceted marine litters on our waterways, it has become very necessary for us all to come together and proffer lasting solutions to the sources of the challenges for an improved water transportation system.
“The waterways cleanup campaign that we are all gathered here to witness today is a further demonstration of this administration’s commitment to a water transportation system that is safe, clean and friendly in terms of efficiency and service delivery.
“Government investment in water transportation would be a waste if we fail to formulate a policy that would ensure regular clean up and protection of our waterways against all forms of environmental degradations and abuses visible across all our coastal lines as a result of various human activities.”
He lamented the abuse of waterways despite the fact it is blessed with aquatic resources, adding that it calls for serious actions and synergy among government agencies.
“The lives and properties of people whose livelihood is determined largely by what happens to the water body is important to the government and must be protected,”