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 contained in a public notice issued by LASWA on Friday, November 10, 2023, and can be seen on its X (formerly Twitter) handle.
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 further disclosed that it will be working with EQUUS to get rid of the water hyacinth along the Ikorodu Terminal so the jetty can get back to being operational soon.
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.
LASWA further revealed that another jetty would be opened in the Ikorodu axis before the end of 2023.
PUBLIC NOTICE:— LASWA (@TalktoLaswa) November 10, 2023
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF IPAKODO FERRY TERMINAL AND OFFERING OF TWO ALTERNATIVE JETTIES/TERMINALS
Due to the influx of water hyacinth obstructing smooth navigation of ferries along the Ipakodo Ferry Terminal, we hereby notify the general public that the ferry pic.twitter.com/w8IkaCaCZI
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.
Emefiele fails to meet ₦300 million bail, to remain in prison till January 2024
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, is set to spend more time behind bars as he failed to produce the ₦300 million bail amount specified by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
The court had earlier granted him bail on charges related to corrupt practices.
Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja had initially granted bail to Emefiele in the sum of ₦300 million, along with two sureties in like sum. The bail application was filed by his legal representative, Mathew Burkaa, SAN.
This decision comes after the former CBN governor had previously been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos, where he was required to pay ₦20 million.
The charges against Emefiele include allegations of corruptly conferring advantages on individuals and a company, as outlined in a six-count charge. Among the charges are the award of contracts for the supply of vehicles and other services, totaling over ₦1.2 billion.
The charges specify instances where Emefiele is accused of corruptly conferring advantages on Sa’adatu Ramallan Yaro, a CBN staff, by awarding contracts for the supply of 37 Hilux vehicles at a cost of ₦854.7 million in 2018.
Additionally, he is alleged to have conferred an advantage on a company with a CBN staff as a director by awarding a contract for the supply of one Toyota Avallon at the cost of ₦99.0 million.
The charges also involve the illegal award of contracts for the supply of Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles, with one incident in 2019 at the cost of ₦73.0 million and another in 2020 at the cost of ₦73.8 million.
Furthermore, Emefiele is accused of illegally awarding contracts for the supply of two Toyota Hilux in 2020 at ₦44.2 million and engaging in the illegal purchase of 43 vehicles between 2018 and 2020, amounting to ₦1.2 billion.
Sanwo-Olu appoints Bakare-Oki Olalekan as acting GM of LASTMA
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, has appointed Bakare-Oki Olalekan as the acting general manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
Olalekan possesses a master’s degree in transport management/planning from the University of Lagos and a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from the Lagos State University.
He would succeed Bolaji Oreagba, the immediate past general manager of the agency.
In a statement issued on Friday, Jubril Gawat, the senior special assistant to the governor on new media, said Bakare-Oki joined the state civil service in 2000.
“A dedicated servant of Lagos state since 2000, Mr. Olalekan has risen through the ranks with a steadfast commitment to excellence and leadership,” the statement reads.
“With his recent role as deputy director, grade Level 16, and a seasoned background as director of the logistics & engineering department, he has demonstrated exceptional expertise in logistics, fleet management, and operational strategy across LASTMA’s extensive network.
“The accolades he has received, includes; ‘Best zonal head of the year’ and ‘Best area commander/outstanding leader of the year,’ reflects his unwavering dedication to service.”
FRSC warns against night travels during festive period
The Federal Road Safety Corps has cautioned passengers against embarking on night journeys during festivities due to their negative consequences.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Katsina State, Mr Ibrahim Maiyaki-Bazama, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Katsina.
“People have freedom of movement, but we, as the road safety corps, have the mandate to take measures that will help minimise road crashes.
“Part of such measures is that we encourage people to stop or minimise night travel.
“This is because when a motorist is driving at night, he cannot see beyond the reach of the vehicle’s light.
“In case of an accident, sometimes helpers are not readily available, or it takes time to get those who will assist,” he said.
Maiyaki-Bazama further said that the command has standby rescue teams ready for operation in case of any eventuality.
He said that the teams were at the five units under the command located at Funtua, Daura, Koza, Malumfashi, and Kankia.
The Sector Commander further urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, pointing out that “it is only the living that celebrate.”
He said that the command was committed to reducing road crashes to the barest minimum.
He added that the need to reduce road crashes prompted the command to engage stakeholders on road safety in the state.
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