Friday said an assessment of the risks involved in water transportation
remained critical to ensuring safety in its operations.
made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
it had put in place to ensure the sustainability of its standards, while making
room for improvement.
platforms by NIWA, incorporated every element in the safety chain to have a
close-nit network that could reduce accidents to the barest minimum.
you are basically identifying safety issues, in which case, we have on ground
two or three platforms, including the Safety Compliance Team.
in Lagos under our jurisdiction, at least once a month, in order to ascertain
compliance with extant safety regulations.
department as well as the research, planning and environment department. These
are the two critical departments that form the team.
it safe for embarkation? Is it safe for vessels to berth and for
disembarkation? The second one is the worthiness of the craft itself,’’ he
annual permit after they must have met the worthiness requirement.
life vests that are used as well as the boat drivers themselves.
operator’s permit from NIWA, the way you get your vehicle license from the VIO
your road worthiness. The equivalent of the road worthiness with NIWA is called
Survey Inspection Certificate.
boat has been surveyed by NIWA and found fit for movement of passengers. That
certificate will be issued before the permit is granted to you.
of the SCT is to ensure that each of these crafts has that survey certificate
as well as an operator’s permit,’’ the manager said.
the requirements to be met by vessel owners.
that passengers use. Of course, we emphasise on that. As a result of it, the
awareness NIWA has carried out about it is huge.
we want to make sure that, for example, while on duty they are not drunk.
machinery in place to ensure that every operator within a particular time frame
obtains a competency certificate from NIMASA,’’ Sambo said.
quarterly interface meeting with operators and loggers whose business involved
transportation of timber logs from one location to another by water.
meeting also involved fishermen whose net might also pose a danger to boats.
department also put together a data of passengers’ movement from one jetty to
another, and incidents that happen in order to prevent a recurrence.