The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) donated free life jackets to accredited Lagos boat operators in furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility in the state.
The authority’s Lagos Area Manager, Mrs Sarat Braimah, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
Braimah said this during a brief ceremony at the popular Lagos marina jetty, the hub of water transportation activities to most Inland littoral destinations in Lagos.
The area manager disclosed that over 2500 life jackets would be distributed directly to all boat operators in the five heartbeats of Lagos division.
“With an increase in the movements of people and goods expected at yuletide, the management under the watch of Dr George Moghalu, thought it expedient to profile and reach out to boat operators in Lagos.
“These operators have shown commitment to adhering to the rules of engagement on water transportation in the state,” she said.
Braimah enjoined beneficiaries to effectively put the quality hand made life jackets to use and advised that all worn out and poor standard life jackets be discarded with immediate effect.
She further explained that the distribution would be carried out in Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe, and Victoria Island, adding that the gesture would become the fulcrum of support by the management to all boat operators in Nigeria.
According to her, the gesture was not just to Lagos operators alone, but is part of strategic policy to ensure total compliance to its operational guidelines on “no life jacket, no boarding of boats” in the country.
Few of the operators, such as Lagos ferry, Sea Coach services and Texas connection ferry services expressed happiness with the intervention.
They said that the gesture would boost the confidence of passengers and operators alike, promising to put the new life jackets into use.
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