Hovercraft, boat-like vehicle to support Lagos waterways transport system- Llewellyn-Jones

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The British Deputy High Commission, Lagos has said that it will continue to partner with Lagos State to explore an alternative to the Lagos transport system with hovercraft.

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This was disclosed when the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, and the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, witnessed the sea trial of a hovercraft, an amphibious boat-like vehicle that travels over water, sand, and grass in Lagos. Griffon Hoverwork, a UK hovercraft design, and manufacturing company, carried out the demonstration as part of the UK government’s effort to enhance the waterways transportation system in Lagos.

The Statement stated, “An enhanced and reliable water transport system will also reduce congestion on the roads, promote economic growth, and improve competition in the business environment as well as the overall operations in the state. “It will reduce travel time, improve connectivity between communities and hence provide access to critical services such as healthcare, education, and employment.”

The UK government, through its Future Cities Nigeria Programme, had been providing technical assistance to Lagos to enhance its water transport system, which would, in turn, improve the climate resilience of Lagos State, by offering a viable alternative to road transport and provide an improved transport option for Lagos residents and visitors, it added.

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