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Lagos To Issue White Paper On Boat Mishaps

 

An official report of the 11-man committee set up to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the Ikorodu boat mishap, and other boat tragedies in the state, will soon be released by the Lagos government , according to the  Lagos Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa.

The committee which is led by the Director, Public Transportation and Commuter Service, Olajide Tairu, is expected to come up with ways to halt incessant boat mishaps in the state.

Opeifa said the committee will investigate the roles of all concerned persons, institutions and agencies and make necessary recommendations to avoid a recurrence, promote safe practices and adherence to safety standard in water transportation in the state. He added that the report would be the basis on which the state government would act, in order to avert future occurrence.

Opeifa said the report of the committee would be the basis on which the state government would act, in order to avert future occurrence.

He added that the committee was mandated to ascertain and determine the immediate and remote causes of the April 2, 2014 boat mishap in Ikorodu and similar boat mishaps in the past as well as help to ascertain and confirm details of the accident.

“It will look into the roles of all concerned persons, institutions and agencies and make recommendations as might be considered necessary to avoid a recurrence of such incidents, promote safe practices and adherence to safety standard in water transportation in the state,” he said.

Opeifa had previously told the Lagos State House of Assembly probe panel on the incident that the mishap occurred when the boat ran into a log in the water, which damaged the vessel and made it to sink, adding that the incident could have been avoided if the boat driver had maintained normal speed.

The commissioner also accused some boat owners of illegally operating their vessels without official registration and licence as required by law.

According to him, they were in the habit of overloading the boats against the stipulated number of passengers at any given time, even as some boats lacked facilities such as life jackets, fire fighting equipments, security lights, especially when traveling at night and under hazardous conditions, and communications gadgets for distress calls.

 

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