Boat accidents happen all the time in Lagos, leading to unnecessary loss of lives.

The water transport authorities, the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA is not happy with this and they are now asking boat operators to desist from travelling on waterways after 6 p.m.

This is in line with its safety guidelines on Nigeria waterways.

The NIWA General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Tayo Fadile, made the appeal while commiserating with Lagos State Government over a boat mishap on Saturday at Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

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“The boat which took off in the evening of Saturday from Okeranla in Ajah heading to Bayeku in Ikorodu ran into a heap of a dredged sand and capsized.

“The Area Office of NIWA in Lagos, when contacted, immediately deployed the water ambulance boat with the search and rescue team to the scene of the mishap and the team were able to rescue 17 passengers alive and three dead bodies.

“We will like to appeal to the general public, especially waterways users, to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines, especially for boat operators to stop traveling in the evening after 6 p.m.,” Fadile said.

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