How Overloading Killed Nine In Lagos Boat Mishap
The Lagos State Government has attributed the death of nine persons in Ilashe boat mishap to overloading.
The Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr Abisola Kamson said that the boat capsized due to overloading of passengers from illegal jetties.
Meanwhile, four of the 13 passengers on board were rescued and taken to hospital for treatment, the LASWA director said.
However, the State Government has called on the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to obey the recent verdict of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the powers of the State Government to control its intra-inland waterways.
Kamson said that this would enable the state government to regulate the movement of boat and operation of jetties along the waterways, thereby prevent avoidable accidents and loss of lives.
“We sympathize with the families of the deceased as nine lives were lost in the mishap and four people receiving treatment in the hospital.
He called on those operating illegal jetties to desist from such practice as the state government would be stricter with the enforcement of the law on its waterways.
“It is a matter for regret that ever since the judgement was pronounced, NIWA has ejected all State Water Guards monitoring standards from all Federal owned Jetties,” he said.