No Night Travel On Water Ways- Lagos Govt. Warns Ferry Operators

No Night Travel On Water Ways- Lagos Govt. Warns Ferry Operators

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin, Lagos

Lagos state government has given strict warning to all ferry operators and passengers against violating the laid down rule of ‘No Night travel’ on the waterways.

This follows after the fatal boat accident that occurred on Friday at about 8pm along Ikorodu Channel of the State Waterways.

 
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the avoidable boat mishap occurred after an overloaded commercial ferry took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty but unfortunately ran into an unforeseen object on the Waterways causing the boat to capsize.

He said the immediate rescue efforts deployed by the State government, comprising of Lagos state water-ways authority search party, local boat operators search team, the Marine Police and Lagos state emergency management agency, were able to save 16 passengers, one in critical condition, while five deaths were recorded.

The Commissioner, alongside the General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, who was at the Ikorodu scene of the incident, commiserated with the families of the dead passengers and assured that the violators of the mishap will be prosecuted as the incident is under investigation.


Oladeinde appealed to all ferry operators to desist from acting contrary to the stipulated safety guidelines, noting that if the rule of ‘No Night Travel’ on the waterways from 6.00 pm had been strictly observed by the operators, the accident could have been averted


The General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel reiterated that, henceforth, any operator who violates any of the laid down safety guidelines, especially the ‘no night travel’ rule, would be arrested by the Marine Police and the boat involved confiscated.

He also admonished passengers to stop waterways night journeys as any passenger found on board of such boats after the stipulated time would also be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws of the State.

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