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Govt Confirms Five Dead In Ikorodu Boat Accident

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos



The Lagos State Government on Sunday confirmed the death of five persons in the boat mishap that occurred at the weekend along Oke Ira Nla, Ajah-Bayeku, in the Ikorodu axis of the state.

Government also announced plans to embark on a campaign and enforcement of guidelines for commercial boat operators, in a bid to halt the tide of boat mishaps in the state.

In a statement signed by the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Abisola Kamson, the administration said the new drive is in line with the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure that water transportation remains the most efficient and cost-effective mode of transportation.

Kamson confirmed that all passengers onboard were wearing life jackets, and 17 were rescued while five who were earlier rushed to the General Hospital, died afterwards.

The LASWA boss said preliminary investigation by the agency revealed that apart from the mechanical fault that developed when the steering cable connected to the engine propeller cut, the captain of the boat was possibly also over-speeding, adding that he is presently being questioned by the Marine Police.

“The Lagos State Government in its drive to promote a multi-modal transport system, especially the movement of passengers, goods and services on its waterways, will under no circumstances compromise safety standards and the protection of lives and property.

“As such we restate our commitment to the promotion of all safety measures and ensure that all operators comply with all safety standards in line with global best practices,” she said.