Boat Operators’ President Inaugurates Gbaji Yeke Jetty
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The President of Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), Mr. Gani Balogun aka Tarzan has commissioned a boat jetty at Gbaji Yeke in Badagry, West Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Balogun commended Gbaji Yeke jetty facilitator, Engineer Joseph Phillip for putting up the facility, constructed in line with extant safety regulations of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). He assured that more of such water transportation facilities will be provided by prominent members of the association across the state to help rural littoral communities to commute to and from other communities, and the city centres, which he said will bring development, speedy growth of the rural areas.
“As much as we appreciate the support given to us to manage some jetties in Lagos by NIWA and Lagos State government, we are not unrelenting in our support to provide more jetties to most unreached communities in the state as veritable partners to national and states water transportation development agenda,” he said. Adding:” Even though it’s an expensive venture, ATBOWATON believes that it is part of our mandate to help unlock and link the treasures in most remotely communities in Lagos and help drive rural development and create jobs.”
The Boatman also acknowledged the dedication and sacrifice of the Badagry Chapter Chairman of Atbowaton, Mr. Tope Fajemirokun, for making Badagry the new bride of water transportation in Lagos State. He said Gbaji Yeke jetty will help to solve the demand for additional jetty facilities in and around the very strategic intra water transportation ecology between Badagry West local government, Ogun State and Porto Novo.
Engineer Shehu Shuaibu, who represented NIWA Lagos Area Manager, Engineer Sarat Lara Braimah, applauded Atbowaton and the Gbaji Yeke jetty facilitator, engineer Joseph Phillip for the construction of all the important jetty but warned that it must not be used for illegal activities such as smuggling or to aid anti-developmental activities.
Shuaibu said the NIWA Area Office in Lagos will mount surveillance on the use of the jetty and others, and advised boat operators to strictly adhere to the use of the orange coloured life jacket approved by International Maritime Organisation (IMO). NIWA in Lagos, he said, will soon begin massive enforcement from May.
Earlier in his welcome address, Phillip had explained that the Gbaji Yeke jetty initiative was primarily to help open up the community which is at the heart and centre of Badagry West Local Government for development and to create jobs for both the young and old.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of Atbowaton operational licence and Billboard to Engineer Joseph Phillip and his “Only God” boat services to operate and exclusively supervise the Gbaji Yeke jetty. The jetty commissioning was witnessed by Atbowaton Lagos State Zonal Chairmen and members. Contact us: just_tours @yahoo.com