By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—The Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Major General India Garba (retd), yesterday decried the spate of boat mishaps with attendant loss of lives and property across the country and expressed Government’s concern.
Gen Garba noted that the mishaps were frequent in the rainy season and proposed an active collaboration between NIMASA and other relevant agencies of government including National Waterways Authority (NIWA) Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to checkmate the tragic incidents.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the NIMASA Chairman identified overloading and improper kitting of passengers for water journeys as the main factors responsible for the various boat mishaps in the country.
He disclosed that plans were underway to deploy officials and security agents to various jetties to ensure strict compliance with safety standards of boat operations in waterways.