The Federal Government is aiming for economic prosperity by revitalizing the Ijora jetty in Lagos.
According to the National Inland Waterways Authority, the Ijora jetty appears to have been abandoned due to wrecks.
Sarat Braimah, the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, stated on Friday, when the Authority began wreck removal at some waterways in the state, that there was no access to the Ijora jetty due to wrecks.
She stated that once the wrecks were removed, the jetty could be used for a variety of purposes.
“The jetty at Ijora belongs to NIWA, and it is used by Customs.” The jetty at Ijora appears to be abandoned, owing primarily to these wrecks. There is no way to get to that jetty. If these wrecks are removed, it can be used for a variety of purposes. That is why we prioritized it.”
Braimah estimated that the wreck removal would take three months.
“We have done survey analysis of what the wrecks look like, and the reports have been submitted for quite some time.” As a result, the wreck removal begins today and will last three months.”
In addition, the Lagos NIWA director stated, “Based on the survey analysis report, we have abandoned dredgers and old ferries beneath the water, constituting wrecks for waterways users.”
“We have dredgers, ferries, and everything.” A 100-passenger ferry is one of the wrecks beneath the water at Ijora. As you can see, survey analysis has already revealed what we are expected to remove, and the removal process will start today.”
However, Braimah stated that contracts for the removal of water hyacinth had also been awarded.
She added that the removal had yet to begin because water hyacinth was a seasonal plant.
“They’ve already awarded a contract for water hyacinth, but we didn’t start with that because water hyacinth is seasonal, and it comes with seasons.” We’re still waiting because it’s not over yet. We are prepared to deal with it as soon as it appears. It is usually delivered by the end of October, but the contract has already been awarded.”
She attributed boat mishaps in the state to human error and wrecks.
“Human error and wrecks have been identified as the two major reasons why we continue to have boat mishaps in Lagos.”
“Now, to address the wreck menace, we decided to begin wreck removal in three locations along the Lagos waterways,” she said. We’ll begin with Ijora today. We will move to the Owode and Ibeshe axis by next week to remove wrecks so that waterway users in Lagos can move freely.”
The NIWA Lagos area manager explained that the agency was ignoring wrecks in the Badagry area because the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was already on the case.
“We were supposed to begin in the Badagry area, but as you are all aware, NIMASA has been granted permission to remove wrecks from Kirikiri to Badagry.” That is why we are concentrating our efforts in other parts of Lagos State.
“The Badagry area is close to the routes that ocean-going vessels use to reach our ports.” That is why it was decided that NIMASA would handle the situation. The removal will last three months.”