Waterways: FG, Lagos Govt End Decade-Long Rift, Sign Agreement

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left) and Managing Director/ CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, signing an agreement for cooperation between the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and NIWA at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 29, 2019.

 

The Federal Government and Lagos State have signed an agreement of cooperation to end the decade-long row over the control of waterways surrounding the state.

According to a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary of Lagos State, Gboyega Akosile, the agreement which concerns both the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), will guarantee a better working relationship between both government agencies.

After signing of the treaty, Managing Director of NIWA, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the agreement was signed in good faith and in the best interest of the people, noting that the previous administration in the State prepared the groundwork for collaboration between NIWA and LASWA.

“We don’t need the court to intervene in ensuring safety on waterways and protecting the rights of our people and avoiding multiple-taxation, which discourages investors; these are the areas we are partnering on. This agreement shows that we care for our people, particularly the users of the waterways.

“This agreement means a better life for our people. What we have signed today will promote a better working relationship and collaboration for the good of our people. Our desire is to see the possibility of settling out of court because this disagreement has been on for over 10 years. The most important thing is that, once we have this understanding, we won’t have issues. Investors, too, would be free to come in, since they know there is no friction and restrictions again.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the officials from NIWA, described the treaty as “right choice” to end the long-drawn-out rift.

“I congratulate these two agencies of government that have found it right to collaborate. This is one of the signs of progress we have made to promote ease of doing business and as regulators; we must always find a way to close our differences in order to convince investors and private sector.

We have said we have plans to introduce a comprehensive intermodal transportation system, which will cover rail, roads and waterways. A critical component of this objective is what this agreement just enabled for us. It means we are prepared for investors and partners who have shown interest in the partnership on waterway transportation to move our people from one part of the state to another.”

Boat Collision: LASWA Hails Use Of Life Jackets As 24 Persons Escape Death

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The Lagos State Waterways Authority has praised passengers aboard two boats which collided on Friday for wearing life jackets.

According to LASWA’s Managing Director, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, the fact that those involved in the incident were wearing life jackets prevented the loss of lives.

A boat fully loaded with 22 persons aboard and another with just the captain and deckhand had collided and capsized in the Ojo area of Lagos around 7:45pm.

One boat was heading to Ojo from Liverpool, while the other was making a return trip from the same location.

But no life was lost as a patrol team at the Ojo Terminal was able to move swiftly to rescue the passengers.

“All passengers on both boats were all putting on their life jackets. This is what we have been encouraging,” the LASWA MD said.

“Our agency has been on the forefront of leading the campaign that for no reason should anyone embark on a journey on water without putting on a life jacket. We have also gone a step further to distribute life jackets to encourage boat operators to enforce it.”

The LASWA boss added that as part of efforts to protect passengers on the waterways, the authority distributed 1,500 life jackets in 2017 and January 2018.

He promised that more lifejackets will be distributed this year and appealed to passengers to insist on lifejackets before embarking on any journey on the water.

Meanwhile, the boats involved in the collision are now in the custody of LASWA pending when the investigation into the incident is concluded.

LASEMA,Other Rescue Operators At Scene Of Lagoon Suicide

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has recovered a body believed to be that of the man who allegedly jumped off the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge into the Lagos lagoon, on Friday.

The body of the 40-year-old man, Mr Oluseyi Adekunle, was recovered from the lagoon by coordinated efforts of officials of the LASEMA, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) Marine Police and handed over to the State Environmental Monitoring Unit (SEHMU).

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Lagos Intensifies Fight Against Illegal Jetties, Boat Operators

 

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that it has stepped up efforts to combat illegal jetty and boat operators in the State in a renewed effort to stem the tide of boat mishaps often caused by illegal operations on the inland waterways.

The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel said on Wednesday that strict enforcement would be meticulously carried out across the state.

“Being a developing sector, one of the things that LASWA has had to do is to be very strict on enforcement. Enforcement is going to be an ongoing thing because you would constantly have those people who are going to default.

“In terms of clamping down on jetties that are substandard is something that LASWA has been looking to go round the state to clamp down on illegal jetties,” he said.”

Emmanuel explained that while the State Government was working round the clock to improve the sector for optimal performance, the core objective of LASWA is to ensure that safety, being a key feature of water transportation is not compromised.

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He said the safety of passengers getting on a boat was far beyond wearing life jackets, stressing that it was important to also ensure that the jetty or boat operator had put other safety measures before embarking on any journey.