MTN Nigeria donated a world class ferry terminal to the Lagos State government at a colourful ceremony in Falomo, Ikoyi on August 30, 2018. The gesture is part of efforts to harness the potentials of water transportation in the state described as the home of aquatic splendour.
The new Five Cowrie Creek Terminal was built at the site of a former refuse dump near the lagoon, close to MTN’s headquarters. After seven years of work, the jetty will now serve as the headquarters of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), and includes a berthing area for up to 20 boats, ticketing/waiting areas, a restaurant and a rooftop section with a lovely view of Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
In addition to the terminal, a multi-level carpark (with the capacity to house 800 cars) was also commissioned by the state governor. This carpark was also built and operated by MTN Nigeria for the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Both facilities were commissioned by the State Attorney-General, Adeniji Kazeem (who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode) in the presence of excited LASWA staff, state government officials and some traditional rulers.
The MTN delegation to the event was led by the Chief Operating Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mazen Mroue; the Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Lynda Saint Nwafor and the Customer Services Executive, Ugonwa Nwoye among others.
In his speech, the governor said the completion of the new Terminal project was a demonstration of the state government’s resolve to ensure the development of the water transport sector in the state.
He praised MTN for its investment, support and commitment to ensuring that both projects were delivered, while calling on corporate organisations to partner with the state government in its efforts to improve public infrastructure.