Association of Tourism Boats Operators and Water Transporters (ATBOWATON) Lagos branch has inaugurated new members of the executive council to run its affairs for the next three years.
Members of the new executives sworn-in in Lagos with the mandate to rebrand and restructure the association include Alhaji Lawal Babatunde (chairman), Engineer Omowowo Raphael (deputy chairman), Oluwatobi Ogunleye (deputy chairman (II)) and Aworetan Ayomikun (general secretary). Others are Babatunde Segun Joel (treasurer), Ikuemola Robinson (financial secretary) and Gbenga Kungbe Stephen (auditor).
At the swearing-in- and handover ceremony in Lagos, Mr Akim Balogun, chairman of the electoral committee and former public relations officer of the association tasked the new executive to take the association to the next level.
Balogun noted that association cannot afford to remain static on ideas of operation and expect different results, adding that time has come to prioritize the safety and comfort of the passengers as a catholic creed.
The new chairman Alhaji Babatunde promised to provide a disciplined leadership with focus on empowering the members through training and retraining. Rolling out an 18-point agenda, Babatunde promised to rotate the meetings of the Lagos body among the zones structure in order to give all boat operators the opportunity to participate and contribute to its growth.
National President, Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun who donated an undisclosed amount of money to the new executive to hit the ground running, advised the new leaders to unify all boat operators in Lagos State. He also tasked the new executive to partner with the Lagos Waterways Authority (LASWA) and National Inland Waters Authority (NIWA) in order to promote best practices on water transportation and recreation in Lagos.
Frank Meke, the media adviser to the national body, called on the new leaders to show uncommon boat onboard services and marketing agenda. He called for a weekend boat cruise to generate public awareness on water transportation and weekend beach recreation to drive interest on outdoor, spot fishing and luxury jet ski water sports.