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LASWA holds investment summit on viability of waterways sector 

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Segun Oladipupo

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) in collaboration with  Future Cities Nigeria (FCN) Water Transport Program, has successfully organized the first-ever waterways investment summit.

In a statement by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Nkechi Ajayi on Wednesday, the event, which was part of LASWA’s effort at making water transport an attractive mode of transportation in Lagos state, was put together to discuss business and investment opportunities for private entities on the Lagos inland waterways.

The event themed “Lagos water transportation – Transformation and investment opportunities” was focused on waterways legal framework, improving boat building capacity, financing licensed operators, safety and security on the waterways, and other extensive deliberations on improving operations and the viability of the waterways sector.

The event had in attendance, Captains of the Industry, Representatives of the British Govt, Local and international business leaders, top Govt functionaries, investors, and senior stakeholders in the Maritime industry.

Speakers at the event include the Governor of Lagos state Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, represented by Mr. Ope George, the Special Adviser Office of Public-Private Partnership, Lagos State Government.

Representative of The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Mrs. Solape Hammond, Special Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investments to the Governor of Lagos State, Chairman House Committee on Transportation Honorable Temitope Adewale.

Others are; British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos Ben Llewellyn-Jones, Future Cities Nigeria (FCN) Team Lead Mr. Kayode Khalidson, The General Manager, National inland Waterways Authority NIWA Mr. George Moghalu,

The General Manager Lagos State waterways Authority Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, representatives from the Netherlands embassy and French embassy among other notable speakers.

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