Waterways Authority (NIWA) has impounded a private passenger boat that was
transporting school children going for a schools event from Takwa Bay to Osborne
without having life-jackets on.
statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Tayo Fadile, that
while on its routine inspection on March 28th, 2019, it discovered the boat carrying students of Government Secondary
School being exposed to such risk on the Lagos lagoon.
of the busiest, NIWA said the students ought to have been given a standard
approved life-jacket each as a standard safety practice.
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 mishap.
on any trip at any given time, as a result of several factors that may be
beyond human control.
Waterways Authority places a very high premium on the safety of lives on water.”
monitor activities on the Island waterways with routine and control inspections,
and would not hesitate to seek maximum lawful penalties against violators of
operator and driver of the impounded boat to Court under extant laws, in order to serve as deterrent to other
operators in the industry.
many lives had been lost from boat mishaps, and the need for more conscious effort to prevent further loss of lives on the waterways.
water transportation sub-sector and the media in its waterways safety campaign.