ARX has received reports that the Lagos State government on Monday engaged stakeholders on the development of the State waterways safety code in order to make the state’s waterways safer.
The event was organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) in conjunction with Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) in Victoria Island, Lagos.
LSSC Director-General, Lanre Mojola, said the development of a safety code on waterways was key to ensuring the waterways were safe in the State.
He said with the prevalence in the the 21st economy, there was a need for the state to develop a proper safety code for water safety and security in Lagos.
“Based on the prevalence of the 21st economy, it is imperative to develop a safety code for the sustainability of journeys on waterways and as well entrench people’s confidence as far as traveling on water is concerned,” Mojola said.
The General Manager of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said the state’s waterways without any iota of doubt is occupied by various stakeholders, such as fishermen, dredger, sand miners, boat operators, among others.
He added that without a definite waterways safety code, it would not be easy to have a smooth and safe journey on waterways without proper code to regulate, enforce and monitor various stakeholders on water.
Emmanuel called on relevant stakeholders at the meeting to fashion out relevant and important codes that would make waterways safer for all Lagosians. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mobolaji Tajudeen Gaji, said the development of Lagos State Waterways safety code would no doubt contribute significantly to the operation of various businesses on waterways, as well reduce the influx of unwanted occupants from labeling the waterways as unsafe but would further rejig the confidence of people in waterways transportation in Lagos State.