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Lagos waterways authority warns passengers, others against safety protocol violation

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos state waterways Authority (LASWA) has warned boat operators and passengers to adhere strictly to safety protocols, as a measure to avoid boat mishaps across the state.

LASWA said that Ferry operators, Passengers, Fishermen, Dredgers, and all other waterways users should be wary of turbulent weather conditions and adhere strictly to rules and regulations on the waterways.

The General Manager of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, gave the warning during the agency’s flag-off of its Ember months safety awareness and sensitisation campaigns on Lagos waterways.

Emmanuel urged boat operators to regularly ensure their ferries are in good condition before sailing while passengers are advised to always put on their life jackets before boarding a ferry.

The LASWA boss hinted that the search and rescue unit of the agency is currently being upgraded with the aquisition of sophisticated equipments and training of more personnels for emergency responses while a Central control room for real-time monitoring of the entire Lagos waterways is also underway.

Oluwadamilola added that the Lagos State Government under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was committed to making the waterways a viable option for transportation in the state.

He concluded by soliciting the support of all stakeholders in the sector in achieving a clean safe and prosperous waterways in Lagos.

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