Ebute-Iga wins Lagos @ 50 Boat Regatta
Ebute-Iga Boat Regatta team has emerged winner of the Lagos @ 50 Boat Regatta competition with 92/5 per cent. The competition, which held among communities in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, saw Ebute-Iga come tops, while Agbowa-Iga came second with 82.75 per cent and Ota-Ikosi, third with 74.45 per cent.
Bayeku had 70 per cent; Ibeshe 63.5 per cent and Ijede 62.5 per cent to emerge 4th, 5th and 6th positions, respectively. Held at Ikorodu Ferry Terminal, winners proved in practical terms that they are the kings on the water, as they display mastery of boat performance and class.
The state governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, described the ceremony as one of the most colourful events in the state, noting that the event held simultaneously in four different locations, Lagos Island, Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry, was part of the activities of the 50th anniversary celebration of Lagos State.
Represented by Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives, who doubles as chairman, Boat Regatta Committee, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said: “The celebration of Lagos@50 will not be complete without showcasing our culture and tradition, which was derived from our adaptation of our natural environment, the lagoons and creeks of Lagos. We are committed to the preservation and advancement of our water based cultural heritages.
“Our state is blessed with great aquatic environment. 20 per cent of the total geographical area of Lagos is made up of lagoons and creeks. These water bodies have become part of our culture and heritage and have influenced our culture, our trade and out lifestyle.
“As we enjoy the colourful displays and creative expressions of our culture on water, let me use this opportunity to highlight the massive economic potentials within these waters. We are barely scratching the surface. Beyond transportation, there are potentials for water sports, tourism and entertainment.
“As a government, we are determined to develop these great potentials for economic growth and are also committed to creating a platform for the private sector to harness the opportunities, which are abound in our waters,” he stressed.