The Federal Government is targeting economic prosperity through the rejuvenation of the Ijora jetty in Lagos.
According to the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), the Ijora jetty seems abandoned as a result of wrecks.
The Lagos Area Manager, NIWA, Sarat Braimah, who said this on Friday when the Authority commenced wreck removal at some waterways in the state, said there was no access to the Ijora jetty because of wrecks.
She said that as soon the wrecks were removed, the jetty could be used for so many other things.
“At Ijora, the jetty belongs to NIWA and it is the Customs that are using it. The jetty at Ijora looks abandoned and the major reason is because of these wrecks. There is no access to that jetty. If these wrecks are removed, you can use it for so many things. That is why we made it a priority.”
Braimah said that the removal of wrecks would last for three months.
“We have done survey analysis of what the wrecks look like and the reports have long been submitted. So, the wreck removal is commencing today and will last for the next three months.”
Speaking further, the Lagos NIWA boss said, “From the survey analysis report, we have abandoned dredgers and old ferries underneath the water and constituting wrecks for waterways users.
“We have dredgers, ferries and all that. At Ijora, one of the wrecks underneath the water is a 100-passenger capacity ferry. So, you can see that survey analysis has already revealed to us what we are expected to remove, and the removal process will commence today.”
Braimah, however, said that contracts had also been awarded for the removal of water hyacinth.
She added that the agency was yet to commence the removal because water hyacinth was seasonal.
“Even now, they have already awarded a contract for water hyacinth, but why we didn’t start with that is because water hyacinth is seasonal, it comes with seasons. It is not yet all over, so we are waiting for it. We are waiting to tackle it immediately it comes. It normally comes from end of October, but the contract has already been awarded.”
She blamed human error and wrecks as reasons for boat mishaps in the state.
“We have identified human error and wrecks as the two major reasons why we keep having boat mishaps in Lagos.”
According to her, “Now, to address wreck menace, we decided to commence the removal of wrecks in three locations along the Lagos waterways. We are starting today with Ijora. By next week, we will move to Owode and Ibeshe axis to remove wrecks so that waterways users will move freely on the waterways in Lagos.”
On wrecks along the Badagry area, the NIWA Lagos area manager explained that the agency was leaving that area out because the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was already attending to it.
“We were supposed to start from the Badagry area, but as you all know, NIMASA has been given the approval to remove wrecks from Kirikiri to Badagry. That is why we are focusing on other areas of the Lagos State.
“The Badagry area is close to the routes where ocean-going vessels pass through when coming to our ports. That was why it was agreed that NIMASA should handle that area. The removing is lasting for three months.”