Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has donated 100 bags of rice and 300 bags of garri to the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON).
The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
Emmanuel noted that the official distribution of the palliatives to the organised registered body of boat operators in Lagos was carried out on Thursday at the Victoria Island Head Office the association.
According to him, the gesture is part of the state government’s palliative programmes to cushion the effect of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The general manager quoted Mr Gani Tarzan-Balogun, National President of ATBOWATON, as expressing the deep appreciation of the members of the association to Sanwo-Olu.
According to him, Tarzan-Balogun also donated cartons of sanitisers to members of his association to support the governor’s gesture.
According to the general manager, Tarzan-Balogun requested for small repayable loans for members in order to purchase water taxies to meet with best global standard and to also drive water-based recreation and visits to beaches and resorts after lockdown.