By Amarachi Chukwudi
THE Lagos State Government has, through the State Waterways Authority, LASWA, donated 25 life jackets to representatives of fishermen associations in the state as part of measures to boost safety on waterways during operation.
Presenting the items to beneficiaries at Elegushi Palace, Lekki area of the state, Secretary to LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, explained that the gesture was geared towards addressing the risk of loss of life during mishaps as well as enhance operation of the fishermen.
Five life jackets, donated by one of the oil companies in the country, were distributed to each of the representatives in the five divisions of the state. They included Mainland, Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe.
Emmanuel said: “The gesture is a practical demonstration of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration’s responsiveness to the safety of residents and also in response to the demand of fishermen. At a forum in Epe, they complained of safety issues and LASWA is all about safety.
“It is also to encourage them in carrying out their operations without any hindrance. The main benefit is for safety to be guaranteed on our water ways.”
In his remarks, Alhaji Tola Daudu, Chairman, Lagos State Fishermen Association, commended the gesture of the state government but called for more assistance in the area of fishing implements.
“We want the present administration in the state to continue on this programme, it will go a long way in assisting us on our job as fishermen,” he appealed.