The Management of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commiserated with the families who lost loved ones in the recent boat mishap in Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland.
Recall that a 20 passenger boat recently capsized in the axis leading to the death of three persons in the accident.
The agency said it informed that a 20 passenger boat owned by one Mr. Kasali, a member of Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria (ATBOANTON) took off in the evening from Okeranla in Ajah heading to Bayeku in Ikorodu ran into a heap of a dredged sand and capsized.
According to NIWA in a statement signed by its General Manager Corporate Affairs, TayoFadile, “the Area Office when contacted, immediately deployed the water Ambulance boat with the search and rescue team to the scene of the mishap and the team were able to rescue 17 seventeen passengers alive and 3 dead bodies.
“We will like to use this medium to appeal to the general public especially rivers users to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines, especially for boat operators to stop traveling in the evening after 6pm.”
The statement concluded that “NIWA will continue to encourage our boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishap on our waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by NIWA.”