Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Boat Operator Arrested For Carrying Students Without Life Jackets In Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has impounded a boat and arrested the operator for ferrying 12 secondary school students on Lagos lagoon without life jackets. Speaking in Lagos on Monday, the General Manager, Lagos Office, Muazu Sambo said the Lagos area office also arrested the boat operator and boat driver.

He added that the children were going from Takwa Bay to Osborne for a school events.

The NIWA boss stated that the owner of the boats and driver, Mr. Balogun Oriyomi and Solomon Gbenga respectively, will be handed over to the police for prosecution.

According to the NIWA GM, "ln the morning of Thursday 28th March 2019, management of NIWA on a control inspection arrested a private passenger boat on the Lagos lagoon."

The boat was conveying school children of the Government Secondary School who were all under 16 years old from Tarkwa Bay to Osborne for a Schools event. The route is one of the busiest. Most shockingly, none of the children wore a life jacket on that open boat.

“A standard approved life jacket is an essential requirement for water transportation and its use is mandatory, for it is the only tool that helps to ensure the survival of lives in the unfortunate event of a boat mishap.

“What is more, nobody can rule out the possibility of a mishap occurring on any trip at any given time due to several factors that may be beyond human control.

“NIWA places a very high premium on the safety of lives on water. The Authority had only recently toured all passenger jetties in Lagos on sensitization campaign on safety, with particular emphasis on the use of life jackets, amongst other requirements."

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