The Lagos state government has begun ridding waterways of debris and water hyacinth, as part of measures aimed at boosting water transportation and other related activities in the state.
To this end, two water hyacinth and debris removal machines, have been deployed by the state government for the exercise.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, while representing the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare at the commissioning of both Machines, held at Ebute Ero Jetty, said for a long time, “hyacinth which is otherwise known as aquatic weed, had been a major source of concern with attendant challenges to the waterways sector”.
Also, in her address of welcome, Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson, affirmed that asides negatively affecting the socio-economic activities of fishermen and inhabitants of the riverine communities, water hyacinth, which is a seasonal threat, had brought about damages to the propulsion system of boats, thus further affecting water transportation.
According to her, the new machines would go a long way in eradicating the menace of water hyacinth on marine ecosystems of the state, particularly the Ikorodu, Ajah, Badagry, Lagos Island, Oworonshoki, Mile 2 and Epe axis.
Giving technical insight as to the workings of the machine, Kamson said it can be lowered up to six feet deep into the water.
According to her, it acts like an underwater lawn mower and cuts the vegetation while collecting weeds and debris.
Stating some of the benefits, Mr Ambode said “It will also encourage fishery so that the water economy will be improved upon”.
Engr. Kamson described the commissioning as “a dream come true” and expressed gratitude to the Governor for the long-awaited initiative.