NIWA warns against night travel – Punch Newspapers

NIWA warns against night travel – Punch Newspapers


Anna Okon

The management of the National Inland Waterways Authority has reiterated its warning to people plying the waterways to stop doing so at night.

The authority gave this warning on Monday while commiserating with the government and people of Lagos State on the recent boat mishap in Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

NIWA,  in a statement on Monday, said, “We would like to use this medium to appeal to the general public, especially waterways’ users, to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines, especially for boat operators, to stop travelling in the evening after 6 pm.”

Explaining the circumstances surrounding the boat mishap, NIWA said the Lagos Area Office received information that a 20-passenger boat owned by a member of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria, took off in the evening from Okeranla in Ajah heading to Bayeku in Ikorodu and ran into a heap of dredged sand and capsised.

“The area office, when contacted, immediately deployed the water ambulance boat with the search and rescue team to the scene of the mishap and the team was able to rescue 17 seventeen passengers alive and three dead bodies,” it stated.

The authority urged boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishaps on the waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by NIWA.

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