The Lagos State Safety Commission, as part of its responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and property in the State, recently embarked on safety inspection of jetties and terminals across the State in order to ascertain their safety status as well as sensitise boat operators and passengers.
Speaking during the tour, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson said the Commission, being a proactive agency, will not wait for disaster to happen before taking action hence, the essence of the exercise.
He said that since safety is all-encompassing, it is compelling for the Commission to ensure that no sector is left out in the quest for the safety of lives and property.
The General Manager explained that the Commission is working closely with another sister agency, Lagos State Waterways Authority to ensure the safety of the waterways, adding that it is the responsibility of not just Government but that of the Operators and Passengers.
While noting that some of the operators need to be trained on safety measures that must be observed before embarking on a trip, Dickson implored operators and passengers alike to put on their life jackets before boarding any boat.
However, some of the boat operators who spoke during the tour explained that the major cause of accidents on the waterways includes operational error, inexperienced personnel, improper loading and engine failure amongst others.
Some of the passengers also interviewed expressed concerns on the overall safety of some boats and urged the government to continue to monitor the operators to ensure compliance with the laid down safety regulations.
The Jetties and Terminals visited include Falomo ferry Terminal, Takwa Bay, Sabokoji (Apapa), Coconut Landing – Ijegun Egba Terminal and Abule Ojo Terminal.