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Lagos Commits to Waterways Safety

The Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed one death in last Thursday’s boat collision at Ibeshe, Ikorodu.

Three other persons were injured in the incident.

The Managing Director of the State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the accident occurred at about 8:05am as a result of the early morning fog which led to poor visibility for the captains of the two boats.

She said the authority was able to ascertain what led to the incident from its information gathering machinery and onsite water guards.

According to her, one of the boats (MV Cherio), which had 20 passengers on board, was operating at high speed and by the time it noticed the second boat (Olaoluwa), which had no passengers on board, it was too late to avoid a collision.

She said the injured persons were immediately rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital and have since been transferred to LUTH for further treatment.

The LASWA boss said the enforcement of lifejackets on waterways reduced the number of casualties as all passengers on board were wearing their life jackets.

She said immediately the incident was reported, LASWA deployed its water guards to monitor and oversight the situation adding that the Marine Police have also been notified and are currently carrying out an investigation.

She also restated the commitment of the State Government to continue to improve on safety on the State waterways and enforce speed limits on the waterways by operators.

Source: The Nation Nigeria

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