Boat Mishap: Lagos warns against over-speeding


Kazeem Ugbodaga
L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Jafar Sanuth; Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Community, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri; Executive Secretary, Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Taiwo Orenuga and Chairman, Igbogbo Community Development Committee, Elder Olowu Omobowale and one of the survivors, a Land Surveyor, Mr. Elijah Olaogun, during the condolence visit to people of Baiyeku after the boat mishap.
The Lagos State Government in western Nigeria, has warned boat operators in the state’s waterways against overs-speeding in order to safeguard the lives of passengers on water.
The warning followed the Baiyeku Boat mishap which claimed the lives of five people last Saturday.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Jafar Sanuth, gave this warning when he paid a condolence visit to the Baiyeku Community on Sunday after the boat mishap in the area.
According to him, over-speeding puts the lives of passengers on water in danger, adding that they should also desist from overloading their boats.
Sanuth advised them to embrace safety precautions, especially the use of life jackets and regular maintenance of their boats.
“Boat operators should minimize their speed and avoid overloading. Water transportation remains safe and cost effective. Fishermen should put flags on their fishing nets on water for easy identification by boat operators,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary further advised boat operators to have manifest of all the passengers traveling in their boats for identification and record purposes.
The Executive Secretary, Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Taiwo Orenuga, commended the state government for the prompt response and advised the Community Development Associations, CDAs, to further educate their members on safety precautions.
The Baale of the Community, Chief Saheed Ajibode, said the state government officials acted …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper