Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has donated one hundred bags of rice and three hundred bags of garri to the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON).
ATBOWATON is the body of registered boat operators in Nigeria.
In a release on Thursday, the governor presented food items to the association through the office of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
Emmanuel Damilola, who represented the governor of Lagos state at the event, stated that Governor Sanwo-Olu believed that ATBOWATON members deserved the care and love of the state in times like this, considering the huge sacrifices they have made and expected to make even at post covid 19 pandemic.
“The governor, the transportation commissioner and all of us at LASWA appreciate ATBOWATON members. Notably, this intervention is the message of the future, our intention is to sustain the relationship and all, to the glory of God,” the LASWA boss added.
The food items was to help members of the association and their families cushion the effects of the lockdown because of covid-19 pandemic and its effects on their businesses.
“The association with over one thousand members scattered around the six zones of Lagos State, were affected by the lockdown directives, as their services were withdrawn from carrying passengers to avoid the spread of the infectious disease.
In the same vein, Gani Tarzan Balogun, National president of the association also donated cartons of sanitizers to members of his association to support the governor’s gesture and expressed appreciation of the members of the association to Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Tarzan noted that the Governor had worked really hard to convince boat operators in the state that their welfare and services are important and appreciated since he came on board.
“We at ATBOWATON believe the governor meant well and his commitment to us and visible interventions through the state Transportation ministry and regulatory agency, LASWA, are part of the ongoing efforts to help ATBOWATON remain strong and relevant. To send us these palliatives, further reinforced the love to our families affected by the lock down,” he explained.
Editing by ‘Biodun Soyele
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