The ongoing enforcement at the inland waterways transport laws is meant to stop boat accidents often caused by illegal operations, this was announced by the Lagos State government.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said illegal jetties and boat operators would no longer have space in the state.
He said, “The enforcement is going to be an ongoing thing because we constantly have people who are going to default. LASWA has been going round the state to close illegal jetties.”
Emmanuel added that the government was working to improve the sector for optimal performance. He said LASWA would also ensure that safety was not compromised on waterways.
He said, “The safety of boat passengers is beyond wearing of life jackets. It is important to also ensure that the jetty or boat operator put other necessary safety measures in place before embarking on any journey.
“One should take note of the quality of the jetty and whether it is a state approved jetty; one should also check the state of the life jacket before getting on a boat. Then, check who captain of the boat is.”
Emmanuel said that the government would soon create 30 additional routes across the state to boost intermodal transport.
He said the state currently had 26 jetties spread across the 20 local government areas with water guard corps stationed in the jetties to ensure safety.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper)