To combat boat mishaps, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Lagos state said it will do everything possible to end the scourge on the nation’s inland waterways.
With this, it said it has planned to build a multi million naira jetty at Badagry for people in the town to have access to Inland waterways transport.
Speaking during a two-day training workshop on the safe handling of small crafts for ferry operators and services on inland waterways at the palace of the Akram of Badagry, the Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Kingsley Moghalu thanked the participants for taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the workshop to gain more knowledge about sea voyage .
The participants were lectured on the domestic and international protocol on small crafts operations, according to the standards given by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, among other subjects.
At the palace of the Akram of Badargy, HRH De Wheno Aholu Menu Tovi 1, Moghalu, assured that NIWA is doing everything in its power to improve the inland waterways, as there are a lot of economic benefits in the sector for Nigeria.
“We are also very much concerned with safety and have taken measures to make sure that all our captains are qualified, well trained and licensed. No one will also be allowed onboard without wearing a life jacket.
“The only way to decongest our roads and seaports is through the waterways, and I hope that the trainees put the training to good use, in ensuring that no life is lost on the waterways again. Also, this programme will not be a one-time event, it will be continuous,” he added.
He advised that the workshop should be organised at least, twice a year to sensitise the people more on the issues of safety and opportunities in the sector.
He also suggested that more jetties should be built in locations such as Topo and Ajido communities to ease the stress of the people there having to come all the way to the Marina before boarding or alighting from a ferry.
In her own words, the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engr Sarat Lara Braimah, thanked the participants for taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the workshop to gain more knowledge.
Over 400 people took part in the free workshop and they were all presented with a certificate at the end of the training.
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