By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Lagos State Government has disclosed that plans had been concluded to begin strict enforcement and monitored compliance on coronavirus preventive measures for the state’s water transportation sector.
It explained that the need to ensure guidelines on social distancing are adhered to in forms of transportation, including the waterways in the state had necessitated the call, saying all hands must be on deck in supporting the state’s government fight against the novel virus.
The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said the enforcement team of the agency had been deployed on a routine patrol of the Lagos waterways to ensure strict adherence to water transport guidelines on easing of Covid-19 lockdown issued by the state.
Emmanuel, in a statement released to newsmen, on Tuesday, said the enforcement team had been trained on the best acceptable practice and standard guidelines and enforcement protocols issued by the state government in mitigating the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.
According to him, he had on Tuesday let the team on a state-wide inspection of commercial ferry operations with an unscheduled visit to some Jetties in Apapa area of Lagos to monitor compliance by commercial ferry operators and other waterways users, adding that the compliance though acceptable, must be improved upon.
“The enforcement team observed substantial compliance with the government directive, notwithstanding there were few operators who violated the 60% carrying capacity so they were warned and if repeated will be sanctioned accordingly.
“Ferry passengers were also advised to always wear a facemask and ensure physical distancing among themselves in order to avoid possible contact with an infected person. Some of the jetties where ferry operations were monitored by the LASWA team include Temidire-Ajegunle and Liverpool jetty in the Apapa area of the state.
“The waterways patrol and enforcement is a continuous exercise in Lagos State so the Authority will continue to monitor all activities on the inland waterways, more importantly, is the adherence to water transport guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus,” the statement added.