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NIWA launches Search, Rescue centre in Lagos 

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Abiola Seun

To curb fatalities on the nation’s inland water after boat accident, the National Inland Waterways Authority, (NIWA) ramped up more safety timelines for Lagos waters by setting up a Search and Rescue centre.

To ensure the centre is adequately manned to respond to emergencies, about seventeen staff of the marine department in  the Lagos area office, were trained on how to activate, identify and direct safety ecology towards distressed crafts on water.

The NIWA Lagos Search and Rescue team, were also drilled on basic training on Radio Communication skills and how to use same to strategically  network with crafts and other national emergency agencies as specified by International Maritime Organization ( IMO) whenever a save our soul ( SOS) Operational situation arises on water.

In a brief remark  during the training outing for the Lagos safety team and inauguration of the S and R Center, Area Manager, Lagos NIWA Office, Engr. Sarat Braimah, expressed deep appreciation to the Managing Director, NIWA, Dr George Moghalu,  for  approving and setting up the Search and Rescue Center, barely few weeks after unveiling navigational buoys to guide and roadmap safe water transportation in Lagos.

She also thumbed up the General Manager, Marine, NIWA Headquarters,  Engineer, Joseph Ororo for his encouragement and reiterated that by  these enduring safety measures, Dr Moghalu  has challenged the  Lagos area office of NIEWA, to brace  up for effective discharge of its mandate to stakeholders and sundry users of the critical busy Lagos waterways.

Engr. Braimah informed team Lagos Rescue Center, that to whom much is given, much is expected, and appealed that time has come for all hands to be on deck as safety issues require  deep interpretation, implemention and joint execution.

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