The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, on Thursday said the agency donated 400 life jackets to ferry passengers in continuation of its safety awareness campaign.
Emmanuel, in a statement, said the distribution of the life jackets of different sizes was part of government’s effort in ensuring adequate safety of all waterways users, especially during the rainy season.
He said the agency distributed 400 life jackets of various sizes to ferry passengers, school children and boat operators in Lagos.
“The exercise took place at some terminals such as: Ebute-Ero, Sabokoji, Liverpool, Temidire, Coconut jetties in CMS and Apapa areas of Lagos State.
“Since Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s assumption of office as governor of Lagos State, there have been reduced cases of boat mishaps on the waterways.
“This success story is due to the massive investment of the current administration in the waterways sub-sector, especially in safety improvement and awareness,” Emmanuel said.
The LASWA General Manager warned boat operators to always drive with caution and ensure all passengers put on their life jackets before boarding.
He also advised boat operators to look out for the weather conditions before sailing during the rainy season.
Emmanuel reiterated the state government’s commitment towards ensuring a safe, prosperous, and viable waterways in the state.
He said safety of lives was a priority to the Lagos State Waterways Authority as he assured ferry passengers of their safety at all times.