Barring any last minute disruption in plans, Lekki is poised to attract a multi-million naira ferry terminal as the Lagos State Government concludes plans to commence the construction of the Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal (LEFT) in Lekki Phase1 infulfillment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign promises.
According to Mr Tunji Solaja of the Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal, work will commence by September 2022. The project which is expected to be completed in 12 months will support the state government’s mission to develop a multi-modal transport infrastructure through the delivery of a safe, efficient and affordable means of alternative transport on the inland waterways for the people and business of the state.
In the words of Mr Solaja “The project is part of the efforts of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make the state more convenient to live for residents and becoming one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. The Governor since he got elected in 2019 hit the ground running by improving the state’s socio-economic development as well as security of lives and properties, and carefully fulfilling the six pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda.
The acronym T.H.E.M.E.S represents the six pillars of the state’s strategic development agenda namely Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology. Making Lagos a 21st century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism as well as Security and Governance”
Solaja further stated that “It is part of government’s efforts to solve the transportation challenges in the state through the development of an efficient integrated multi-modal transportation system by encouraging private investments in the sector
The Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal when commissioned will connect the Lekki-Ajah corridor to other parts of the state via the waterways.
The project is in conjunction with the Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal Limited and Platform Capital, which are investing millions of dollars in the project”.
According to Solaja “Infrastructural components of the project includes shopping malls, car parks that will accommodate cars, floating restaurants and lounge, health safety and environmental services. The project also aims to develop a ferry terminal along Admiralty Way waterfront in Lekki Phase1 belonging to the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, procure state-of-the-art passenger ferries and operate water transportation services for citizens tesiding in Lekki, Igbo Efon, Ikota, Ajah, Sangotedo, Awoyaya, Lakowe and its environs.
It is also intended to complement the efforts of the state government in addressing the critical infrastructural shortage and bringing the dividends of democracy to the people through collaboration under a Private Partnership Program (PPP) with Lekki Estate Ferry.
Lekki Estate Ferry Incorporated as an SPV to build, manage and operate maritime passenger and freight services. The company will offer transport services through its fleet of ferries with routes to include Lekki to Marina, Lekki to Ikorodu among others”