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AMBODE UNVEILS ULTRA MODERN FERRY TERMINAL, MULTI-LEVEL CAR PARK***…Says Water Transport Sector Reforms On Course

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned an ultra modern Ferry Terminal and the Headquarters of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) in Falomo area of the State, restating that no efforts would be spared to harness the potentials of water transport sector for the overall benefit of residents.

 

The Governor, who also commissioned a Multi-level Car Park within the same premises, said the unveiling of the edifice which was delivered through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with MTN Nigeria, signposts the readiness, willingness and ability of the State Government to take full control of its waterways and would continue to do so effectively.

 

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, said completion of the project, which started seven years ago, was an eloquent demonstration of the appreciation and recognition of the efforts of the State Government toward the overall development of water transport sector in the State.

 

While alluding to the fact that water transportation had been proven worldwide to be an effective and efficient transport system, the Governor said despite its potentials, the sector had remained largely underdeveloped just accounting for less than one per cent of the overall traffic in the State, a development he said necessitated the massive investments and reforms of his administration in the sector.

 

“In furtherance of our commitment to develop the water transportation system which is an integral component of the Lagos State Multi-Modal Transport System, we have invested significantly in the provision of water transportation infrastructure especially the rehabilitation of existing and construction of new Jetties; purchase of two clearing machines with navigational equipment to tackle the challenges posed by water hyacinth and the ongoing installation of safety signs for routes demarcation, among others.

 

“In addition, we have concluded plans for the procurement of seven high-capacity passenger ferries to complement the existing ones, while we also plan to assist commercial ferry operators to acquire new standard boats.

 

“All of these are with the intent of encouraging more private sector investment in water transportation. The long term objective is to reduce the pressure on our roads as our people increasingly embrace water transportation system,” Governor Ambode said.

 

While reiterating the commitment of his administration to continue to protect the interest of those using the waterways especially in the area of providing the entire residents of the State with quality and affordable water transport services, the Governor also reinforced the determination of the State to ensure that waterways in the State were safe and secured.

 

Besides, Governor Ambode commended MTN Nigeria for partnering and contributing to the realization of the State Government’s objectives in the water transport sector, just as he urged other private sector stakeholders to take advantage of the emerging investment opportunities in Lagos water transport sector.

 

In his opening remarks, General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel commended Governor Ambode for his unparalleled commitment and support towards the upgrading, construction and equipping of waterways infrastructure in the State, saying that the new imposing edifice, among other ongoing projects on the waterways, aptly demonstrated such investments and reforms in the sector.

 

“This terminal is expected to attract new investors, boost water transportation and reduce vehicular traffic on Lagos roads and also complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government towards promoting Inter-Modal Transport System in the State thereby increasing the efficiency of government interventions in the sector.

 

“On our part, LASWA remains committed to delivering an enabling environment to all waterways users. We are deepening and broadening or capacities to surpass all expectations in this regard,” Emmanuel said, just as he solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders especially by strictly complying with all existing rules and regulations on water transportation.

 

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr Ferdi Moolman said his firm was delighted to partner with the State Government to deliver another milestone that would lead to a better transport system and improved quality of lives for millions of the State’s residents.

 

“Lagos is home to a visionary and dynamic government that believes in the power of Public-Private Sector Partnership and today’s event is a proof of that. I like to specially commend Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and his team for the transformation and innovative projects ongoing across the State,” Moolman said.

 

Facilities at the ferry terminal include a ticketing point, passenger lounge, VIP Lounge, elevator, standard conveniences, among others.

 

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How OTAs Are Changing The Travel Experience of Nigerians

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Once upon a time, around two decades ago, you had to seek the services of a local travel agent to research and book a trip on your behalf regardless of whether it is domestic or international.

With the debut of the internet, booking travel became seamless as online travel agencies started to leverage the internet to make travel seamless for millions of Nigerians. So, nowadays, travellers have many options available to them to help choose destinations, compare prices and make reservations independently and easily.

The undeniable fact is that online travel agencies have changed and disrupted the way we travel. Jumia’s travel and flight marketplace, Jumia Travel is one of the few OTAs that are playing a huge role in making travel smooth for Nigerians.

By booking hotels for Nigerians at any time of the day, Jumia Travel eliminates the stress of scouting for hotels. Today, Jumia Travel has expanded to flightpackages, airport pickups and even cruises. The aim is to become an all-in-one travel agency. So, how is an OTA like Jumia Travel changing the travel experience of Nigerians?

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Democratise travel

For some Nigerians, the reason why they do not travel is that they think travel is expensive, which is not always the case. However, with an OTA like Jumia Travel, every Nigerian has a better chance of travelling. This is because unlike other OTAs, Jumia Travel has one of the best available rates you can ever find on the internet. Hence, whether you have a huge amount in your account or not, you can still travel comfortably.

Take the stress off travel bookings

Travel planning can be overwhelming, especially if it is group travel. You have to put together a bucket list of destinations to visit and even book hotels you do not know anything about. If you get this wrong, it can make or mar the travel experience. This is where online travel agencies come into play. All over Nigeria, they have hotels on their platform; you simply reach out to your preferred OTA, for example, Jumia Travel and their travel advisors will recommend fantastic hotels you and your group can stay anywhere in Nigeria. This is, of course, at the best price.

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Enhanced customer service

Customer service and satisfaction have also transformed the travel experience of Nigerians. The travel advisors of Jumia Travel help customers make informed decisions. Also, the vast majority of brands have a social media presence that is being used to make customers aware of the best packages and deals. And when necessary, to provide relevant information to help unsatisfied or confused customers.

Travel research transformed

One of the most profound effects that OTAs has had on travel in Nigeria is the democratization of online reviews. Today’s travellers go online to research their future travel destinations and accommodations. When booking travel, a good number of Nigerians plan travel activities based on the content posted by their peers online. Hence, travel agencies do everything in their power to ensure they get positive reviews by offering sterling services.

 

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On Air Personality, Wale Omotola Makes Waves with New Book ‘Eni Buru Mo’

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Wale Omotola

His name might not ring a bell across the society yet but those who may have been privileged to listen to him on radio, as well as members of his constituency, will readily attest to the fact that, it’s only a matter of time Wale Omotola will become the next big thing in the field he’s chosen to ply his trade.

Amiable and handsome Omotola, a Mass Communication graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, has over the years proven not to be one who rest on the hoarse of his talent but believes in self upgrade, breaking new grounds and constantly setting new goals. On the heel of his dedication to whatever cause he’s involved, today, Wale occupies prestigious post of the Vice Chairman of Freelance Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, FIBAN.

Aside of his ability to perfectly compeer events and write scripts, Wale is armed with singing talent that has seen him produced an album. Also, as an individual who loves pace setting, he was the first among his contemporaries to become newspaper publisher. He’s the publisher of a community publication, Heptagon newspaper. As it is, the humorous on air personality is making waves with another pace he recently set in book publishing. He debuted as an author with a new book, Eni Buru Mo. As the book is receiving commendation from all over, it’s been reviewed on air by a couple of presenters both home and abroad. It’s also available for sales at different points that include, Glendora, Shoprite, Ikeja, Patabah, Shoprite, Surulere, Faaji FM, Radio Lagos among others.

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Speaking on what his decision of writing the book in Yoruba language, the articulate dude said, he did because he uses indigenous language as a broadcaster and secondly, as a way to promote Yoruba language. He also revealed he was compelled to use indigenous language so that he could appeal more to the grass root people that are predominantly his audience.

Speaking further, Wale said he sees writing the book in indigenous language as a necessary step since the Yoruba race is fast losing her aged Yoruba literature giants like Akinwunmi Ishola, hence, need for others to step up, so the heritage and culture of the Yorubas don’t go into extinction.

Talking about the encouragement, Wale said he felt so great weeks back when attended an International Book Fair at the University of Lagos, UNILAG. He revealed he felt so special and was treated as such based on the fact that every other young authors present at the event produced their books in English language and he was the only one who did his work in indigenous Yoruba language.

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Ceased Property: Gbenga Daniel Reclaims Hotels Days After Amosun Left Office These are certainly great times for two-term former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as he took back the possession of his yet to be completed hotel building eight years after it was taken over by the recently concluded administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. The former governor was said to have betrayed emotions as he resulted to tears when he visited the site recently. In what the Daniel camp alleged was a witch hunt taken to extremes over political differences, Amosun refused all entreaties by major stakeholders to release the hotel.

Despite some court orders in Daniel’s favour, Amosun remained obstinate as the Certificate of Occupancy on the land was revoked and not returned for several years. There was even talk of moves to take over the structure and convert it to a state utility.

However, while the engineer turned politician is happy to be alive to repossess his possession courtesy of the newly inaugurated governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, he’s saddened at the level of rot the property has recorded even as lots of expensive fittings have been looted due to the negligence of the government that placed a seal on it.

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Things You Should Know Before Relocating To Dubai

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When relocating to a new place especially if it’s a foreign country that is entirely different from what you are accustomed to, it is important that you equip yourself with the necessary tools that will make that relocation stress-free and worthwhile.

Life in Dubai may be different from how you know life to be and it could be mind-blowing. Dubai is a luxury city with amazing sights, a friendly environment and a multicultural work-force. You must be fully prepared to embark on the adventure the city of Dubai holds.

This Emirate is like no other city in the world, full of life, energy and surprises in every corner. Here are a few tips on how to prepare to live and work in Dubai.

 

  1. Prepare for the hustle

Dubai residents are always “so busy”. Life in this city is non-stop and expats will often hear the word “hustle” thrown around when talking to their friends. Everyone will always have a long list of all the things they need to get done for work, all the errands they run and how stressed out they are. No one can really escape the Dubai hustle, so it’s crucial to be prepared to have a busy and often hectic routine.

 

2. Weekends are Friday and Saturday

While the city is very much geared towards the business traveller, newcomers working in Dubai can be taken by surprise by some of Dubai’s business customs. The first thing to know about working in Dubai is that the working week can differ from business to business. The working week is generally Sunday to Thursday. However, retail and some other businesses open six days a week, closing on Fridays. Usual business hours are from 08:00 to 13:00, resuming after the temperatures have begun to cool from 16:00 and continuing until 19:00, all in local time

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3. Always follow the country’s rules

This is a must. For anyone who wishes to stay in Dubai and be safe from any trouble, it is crucial to always abide by the country’s and city’s rules. Hence one should always try to stay on the right side of the law by avoiding things such as public intoxication, buying fake goods, taking pictures of strangers and other illegal acts.

4. Every Tuesday is ladies night

This one is for the ladies! This is exciting for new arrivals who like to party. There will be a club and bar open and full every day of the week but the most exciting day of the work week definitely is Tuesday. Almost every bar or club in the city will have a ladies night offer, including free drinks and massive discounts on food. Some places even have ladies night on different weekdays to ensure that the party keeps on going every single day.

5. Practice some Arabic

Expats moving to Dubai will probably never actually feel the need to be fluent in Arabic. Everyone in the city speaks English and there will very rarely be an actual need to know how to speak the Arabic language. However, everyone who lives in Dubai knows some Arabic. There are a few words that expats will hear on a daily basis that are must-knows. So when a friend says “yalla“, they are asking everyone to hurry up; or when someone says “Inshallah“, they are hoping for the best outcome out of a situation.

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6. Dubai is always under construction

With new crazy attractions and immense skyscrapers being opened every year, it’s only natural that Dubai is constantly under construction. Expats should come prepared to see massive cranes in every area of town building the latest “biggest something in the world”. This can often be very inconvenient and the street one takes home every day might suddenly disappear from one day to the other. However, these constructions are what made Dubai the city it is today.

7. There will never be a boring day

With all this being said, it’s vital to know that life in Dubai will never include a boring day. Whether hustling around the city, trying to get things done, meeting people from all over the globe, or desperately trying to be cautious not to break any rules – life in Dubai means a new adventure every day! Sometimes fun, sometimes chaotic, sometimes just plain crazy.

Now you are good to go. With workatdubai your relocation to Dubai will be as seamless as possible

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