In order to showcase the beauty of Lagos and also assure Lagosians and tourists of the safety of its waterways, the Lagos State Government on October 1st, staged an entertainment event tagged “Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise” on the waterways as part of activities marking the country’s 61st Independence anniversary celebration.

The boat cruise tour which was a partnership initiative of Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Lagferry and Goge Africa, took off from Falomo to different parts of the State for several hours on water on board MV Adamu-Orisa, a Lagferry bash with the capacity to move 300 persons at a go.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf who was also part of the cruise, canvassed increased usage and patronage of water transport to reduce cost and duration of commuting across the metropolis.

She acknowledged the fact that through the efforts of Lagferry, patronage of transportation on Lagos waterways has increased compared to what the situation was before the establishment of Lagferry. The Commissioner stated that: “In less than two years, the water index patronage stood at 3.2 per cent.

Akinbile-Yussuf, said: “Lagos State is a state of aquatic splendour and we are on a cruise ride to commemorate the Independence Day and also to showcase tourism potentials in the State.

“Water transportation is promoting tourism in Lagos, and I am encouraging Lagos residents to patronise water transport which is easier in moving from one location to another without encountering traffic,” she said.

On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, said that the initiative shows that tourism cannot thrive in isolation, it relies on partnership to work, citing the instance of the platform provided by Lagferry to safety sail participants during the cruise as well as the professionalism brought to bear by Goge Africa, all these efforts, according to him, are geared towards promoting domestic tourism.

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