Home News  LASWA warn ferry operators against  Night travel                            … as night boat capsizes on Ikorodu channel

 LASWA warn ferry operators against  Night travel                            … as night boat capsizes on Ikorodu channel

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The Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority (LASWA) has again warned all ferry operators and passengers against violating the laid down rule of ‘No Night Traveling’ on the waterways.

The repeat warning was hinged on a boat accident that occurred about 8.00pm Friday night along Ikorodu channel of the Lagos State waterways claiming five lives.

According to the State’s Ministry of Transport, the avoidable boat mishap occurred after a 20 passengers capacity commercial ferry with 21 passengers on board took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty at about few minutes past 8.00pm heading towards Ikorodu, ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways causing the boat to capsize.

The Lagos Sate Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, and the General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, who were at the Ikorodu scene of the incident confirmed that 16 passengers were rescued alive with one person in critical condition and five fatalities through the efforts of LASWA Search Party, Local Boat Operators Search team, the Marine Police and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

 Oladeinde while commiserating with the families of the lost passengers of the mishap assured that the violators of the mishap will be prosecuted as the unfortunate incidence is already under investigation.

He urged ferry operators to desist from breaking the laid down safety guidelines to avoid incidents of this nature, noting that if the rule of no night traveling on the waterways from 6.00pm had been strictly adhered to by operators, the accident could have been averted.

 General Manager LASWA, Mr.  Damilola Emmanuel on his part warned that henceforth any operator who violates any of the laid down safety guidelines especially the no night traveling rule, would be arrested by the Marine Police and the boat in use confiscated.

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

Lagos State Commissioner for Transport

 

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