SIFAX Group has commenced passenger ferry services from its newly-concessioned terminal, Ebute Ojo Jetty, in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Two 30-passenger capacity ultra-modern boats have been deployed for the service, according to a statement in Lagos on Wednesday by the Group’s head, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Muyiwa Akande .
The desire to increase transport options for commuters and to support the efforts of the Lagos State government to develop the state’s water transportation sector accounted for the new venture informed the decision to venture into ferry services, Captain Olugbade Ibrahim, managing consultant to SIFAX Ferry Terminal, Ojo, stated.
“We are conscious of adding value and bringing innovations to the waterway business. Our business goals and objectives are well aligned with that of the Lagos State Government in the massive development of the waterways. This has prompted us to acquire these two ferries which we are starting with as we have plans to increase the number soon. The ferries we use are the same with what is obtainable in advanced countries. They are safe, fast, convenient, spacious, durable and manned by experts with tested experience. Our onboard safety procedure is excellent,” he said.
Olugbade noted that the ferry service alongside other facilities at the terminal would provide passengers excellent customer service experience.
“The two boats that service the Ebute-Ojo ferry terminal to Apapa and Mile 2 have 500 horse power engines each. As a company that is safety conscious, we have acquired the best brand of life jackets too. In-voyage entertainment is also guaranteed for our customers that come on board. We have excellent customer service personnel to also attend to customer’s complaints and suggestions too.”
Olugbade promised that “ in no time, we will add more ferries and open up more routes across Lagos waterways. We also want to make the service first class. The terminal building itself will be equipped with wi-fi, eateries and also banks,”
Also speaking on the venture, Mr. John Jenkins, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, said the company’s massive investment in the water transportation is part of the overall strategic plan of SIFAX Group to deepen its commitment in the country’s transport sector, thereby providing more jobs, solving a social problem, supporting government’s initiative and helping grow the country’s economy.
Some commuters interviewed on the development gave kudos to SIFAX Group for the initiative and urged the company to increase its fleet without delay in order to take care of the expected surge in traffic.
The ferry service operates on Ebute Ojo-Apapa (Liverpool) and Mile 2 (Capital Oil Jetty) - Apapa routes from 7am to 7pm every week day while charter services are also available everyday for private individuals and fun seekers who want to explore the Lagos water fronts.