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Water mishaps: Lagos reads riot act to boat owners

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

Lagos—Worried by incessant boat mishaps, Lagos State Government yesterday warned boat operators against use of rickety boats, saying: “It will not be business as usual again.”

The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Mrs. Abisola Kamson handed out the warning at a one-day training programme organised for Water-guards on the safety and rescue technique.

Kamson noted that the warning was necessary to effectively tackle and stem the tide of boat mishaps in the state.

According to her; “We are going to come out with the standard that the vessel operators must comply with. It is no longer business as usual as an aggressive enforcement of guidelines for operators of commercial boat, coupled with a media campaign will be launched by the Authority as part of efforts to reassure citizens that the state government is committed to their safety.”

Kamson said the government would do everything possible to sanitize water transportation sector in the state, noting: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would ensure safety of life and property always through improved quality of water transportation in the state.”

The LASWA boss emphasized the importance of the role of Waterguards in ensuring that Water transportation by all standards, remains the safest and efficient mode of public transportation. She added that the training programme was aimed at sensitizing the Water-guards on water savy techniques.

She stated that the state government remained committed to developing water transportation system in Lagos in line with the global best practice.

Meanwhile, at the end of the training programme, the Water-guards expressed appreciation to the management of the Authority for organizing the training programme as it will further assist them in carrying out their responsibilities effectively.


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