The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Friday said that some local and foreign investors had indicated interest to operate ferries within Lagos as well as from Lagos to Tema in Ghana.
Mr Mu’azu Sambo, the Manager, NIWA, Lagos Area Office, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.He said the ferries would move passengers and goods along the sub-region.
Sambo said the services would further ease the movement of people, especially those living on the outskirts of Lagos ``but come to work daily on the Lagos Island ’’.
``Only two weeks ago, we granted approval for an investor at Sierra Leone, who has brought in nine boats. He is already doing a lot of investments in IWT (Inland Water Transport) in Sierra Leone.
``He has come in here; he wants to run ferries between CMS and Ikorodu, between CMS and Mile 2.
``You know, there are a lot of Lagosians who come from Festac and beyond into Lagos for work every day, and coming by road is a lot of headache.
``So but if they can get transportation by water from Mile 2 straight to CMS, that will help them a lot.
``They can find somewhere they will park their vehicles, enter the ferry and then come to Lagos in 15, 20 minutes.
``Then, there is another company that wants to run between CMS and Tema in Ghana. From this jetty here, they want to move passengers and goods to Tema, West Coast.’’
The manager also said that another company based in the United Kingdom, the name which was not disclosed, would bring in boats to operate the same services covering additional routes.
He said that the high interest displayed by foreign investors in Nigeria’s inland water transport system could be linked to a conference which NIWA organised in 2014 to sell the idea of private investments.
``The potential of water transportation in Nigeria and government’s encouragement of private investments in a friendly environment must have helped in attracting people, ‘’ Sambo said. (NAN)