LASG launches cowry card for ferry services—LASWA boss



 The Lagos State Government has launched  its Cowry Cards for use its ferry services and make all means of transportation more accessible to the of the state.

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said this an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Lagos Thursday.

He said  that the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, launched the Cowry Cards ferry services during the inauguration  of newly purchased standard ferry boats Tuesday.

“The Cowry Cards are used to integrate our transportation mode. So,  the same type of cards you use First and Last Mile buses, the Premerio system are what you will use to board the ferry services.

“We are starting with the Lagos Ferry Services and we are going to extend to all over ferry operators on our waterways.

“The cowry cards will serve as  cards you can use the  different modes of transaction and eventually when the rail picks up as well, that is the same card you will use for rail service,” Emmanuel said.

The LASWA boss said that they would ensure the cowry cards worked perfectly before introducing into ferry services to enable them win customers’ trust.

Emmanuel said that at present, the authority was reviewing the experience of cowry card on other means of transportation and that they would perfect before integrating into the ferry services.

He said that had been done  about the wreck removal from the wayerways adding that both the Federal and State Government have been  collaborating  on continuous removal of wrecks since five-years ago and is still ongoing.

Emmanuel explained that the state government through its  Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure and Development embarked on expanding the routes and ensuring that the waterways are  safe and navigable for commercial use.

He said that LASWA as an agency, was promoting park and ride, saying that they have parking facilities at all the jetties where  customers can  park vehicles  in the mornings to board  the ferries to places of work and pick them up after work in the evenings. (NAN)