LASWA commences water hyacinth clearing on Lagos Inland waterways 



Segun Oladipupo

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said it has commenced the annual clearing and removal of water hyacinth across Jetties and terminals in the State.

General Manager, LASWA,  Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel told newsmen on Friday at a briefing that pegging and clearing of the Water Hyacinth have commenced at areas with very high infestation and impact on navigation.

Water hyacinth  is a problematic invasive species that creates serious impediment to smooth navigation on the Waterways during it’s season. It  obstructs the free flow of ferry traffic on the state inland waterways.

Therefore LASWA alongside other State MDAs and Federal Agencies are collaborating and have mobilized adequate Labour force and machinery to commence clearing of the stubborn weed immediately.

Emmanuel added that the first phase of the project is pegging down the water hyacinth to curtail its movement and infestation across ferry channels, followed by proper clearing of the aquatic weed using both manual Labour and weed harvesting machines.

This effort in no doubt will mitigate the occasional damage of Boat Engines caused by this floating aquatic plant and will eliminate delays in travel time while promoting the use of water transport as a viable alternative that is safe, fast and secure.

Mr. Oluwadamilola reiterated the state government’s commitment towards improving safety standards and procedures of the state inland waterways so to achieve the safety of all Waterways users.

 He advised Boat Captains to always drive with caution during this season while soliciting maximum cooperation of all stakeholders.

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