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LAGFERRY ferried over 200,000 passengers in 2020 – MD

Over 200, 000 passengers were ferried within 150 days of operations of LAGFERRY in 2020, says the MD.

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LAGFERRY ferried over 200,000 passengers in 2020 - MD

The Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) ferried over 200,000 passengers in 2020, during 150 days of operations.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of LAGFERRY, Mr Abdoulbaq Balogun, in a New Year’s message to customers on Sunday.

Mr. Balogun added that LAGFERRY could have transported more commuters if not for the effects of the lockdown restrictions.

READ: Lagos Ferry Company targets 480,000 commuting passengers daily – MD

He promised that the customers would experience service delivery in its operations as the Lagos State government had concluded plans to increase the LAGFERRY fleet to 20.

“I urge you to stay tuned and expect more remarkable giant strides in water transportation in the first quarter of the new year, as we take delivery of additional world-class, state of the art, boats to increase our fleet to 20 and our capacity to meet the ever-increasing demands,” he said.

READ: Lagos launches 14 ferries to tackle gridlock, says Okada ban irreversible 

He added that despite challenges posed by the pandemic, the company was still able to expand operations to Epe, Badagry, Agbowa-Ikosi, Agbara and Ibeju-Lekki areas of Lagos.

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The MD also revealed that LAGFERRY was responsible for 38% of the water transportation index to the transportation matrix of Lagos and also improved the contribution of water transport to the state’s GDP from 0.2 per cent to 0.8 per cent, citing that the operations had helped decongest road traffic in Lagos State and boost ease of doing business through the waterways.

“We will continue to break new grounds as we open up uncharted territory on water,” he added.

READ: Lagos govt urges road users to embrace water transportation 

What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported in July 2020 that the Managing Director of the Lagos Ferry Services Company (LAGFERRY) Mr AbdoulBaq Balogun said the company had a target of transporting 480,000 people daily on the waterways of Lagos State.
  • In December, Lagos State Government called on all road users in the metropolis to embrace and make use of water transportation in order to decongest the roads, especially during the holiday season.
  • The Lagos State Permanent Secretary said that the first phase of the Blue Line Project from Marina to Mile 2 would be completed and delivered for operations in 2022, as well as the Red Line, which would share the standard gauge track of the Lagos-Ibadan route to connect Oyingbo and Alagbado.

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    Burial date for late Prince Philips announced

    The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in a colourful but lowkey ceremony.

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    Prince Philip, the late husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and the Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in a colourful but lowkey ceremony by royal standards.

    The Buckingham palace in making the announcement stressed that the funeral service will be held according to the Covid-19 restrictions guideline with the number of mourners to be limited to 30. This means that members of the royal family including the Queen would be expected to put on face masks.

    The College of Arms, which handles most of the ceremonial aspects of the royal family’s work, had earlier confirmed that the late Prince Philip would not lie in state anywhere accessible to the public, which could have seen thousands of people lining up to view his coffin.

    The funeral service for Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday, will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence would be observed ahead of the ceremony. There will be no public access nor public procession beforehand with the royal family and UK government asking the public not to gather or leave flowers at the royal residences due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman also confirmed that Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who had moved to Los Angeles after giving up royal duties, was planning to attend his grandfather’s funeral, but his pregnant wife Meghan won’t be present as she had been advised not to travel by her physician.

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    • It can be recalled that the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort of any British monarch before retiring from his public duties in 2017, was announced on Friday, April 9, 2021.
    • He died peacefully in Windsor Castle on Friday morning and had been married to the Queen for 73 years.
    • Since his death, tributes have been flooding in from the UK and all around the world for the duke, who had recently spent a month in two London hospitals, undergoing heart surgery and treatment for an infection, before returning in mid-March to Windsor Castle.

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    Lagos eases restrictions on social, event centres, sets new occupancy limit

    The state government has pegged the occupancy limit for event centres in Lagos to 500 people while social events can now have 200 people at a time.

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    The Lagos state government has further eased restrictions on social and event centres in the state. This follows due consultations and deliberations between the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanow-Olu, and relevant stakeholders and MDAs.

    The state government has pegged the occupancy limit for event centres in Lagos to 500 people while social events can now have 200 people at a time.

    This disclosure is contained in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Yusuff, and the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, on Friday, April 9, 2021.

    The statement noted that safety marshals will be deployed to any social event with over 200 people and event centre exceeding the 500 limits.

    The statement partly reads, “All event centres must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event centre in the State.

    “All event centres must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding any event.

    An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website www.lasgsafetyreg.com for any proposed event or exhibition.

    Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.

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    Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50% of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly posted at the entrance of the event hall.

    Maximum allowable capacity for event centres irrespective of the occupancy limit is 500 people. Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event. Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be 6 (six) people on a table of 10 persons.

    Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours. All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and make use of hand sanitisers All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitisers. Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility.

    Guests and service providers with temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on the ground. Hand sanitizers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall.

    All event centres must endeavour to display standard COVID-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations. Event centre owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.

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    • It can be recalled that in July 2020, the Lagos State Government had issued fresh guidelines on the reopening of event and social centres following their shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • The state government insisted that the owners of such facilities must register with the government pending further directives.

     

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