By Ola Adeola
The Lagos State Government has commissioned two water hyacinth and debris removal machines. A government statement says the government will deploy the machines to the clearing of hyacinth, otherwise called aquatic weed, from waterways across the state. The statement adds that the exercise aims will “boost water transportation and positively scale up activities relating to the waterways”.
Dr. Babatunde Adejare, state commissioner for environment, representing Governor Babatunde Ambode at the commissioning at Ebute Ero Jetty, says the exercise “will also encourage fishery so that the water economy will be improved upon”.
Corroborating Adejare, Engr. Abisola Kamson, Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), named Ikorodu, Ajah, Badagry, Lagos Island, Oworonshoki, Mile 2 and Epe axis as part of places the machines will be used.
She added the hyacinth menace has affected “the socio-economic activities of fishermen and inhabitants of the riverine communities”, including damages caused “to propulsion system of boats thus affecting water transportation”.
“This symbolic gesture by the Lagos State Government is jump-starting the clean-up of our waterways and preparing ground for other revolutionary activities of LASWA’s development plan to transform the Lagos Waterways to world class standards”, she said.
Also, Wellington Ilori-Akingbulu, chairman, Lagos State Chapter of Association of Tourism Boat Water Operators, lauded the initiative.