The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has reiterated the need for passengers and boat operators to desist from night travelling and ensure all safety measures including proper use of life jacket.
This comes following Saturday’s boat mishap which claimed many lives.
Speaking on the unfortunate incident that occurred in Egbin, Ijede Local Council Development Area, Ikorodu, at about 9:30pm last Saturday, the CEO, LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafem Oke-Osanyintolu urged waterway users to always adhere to the safety measures in other to prevent unnecessary loss of life on water ways.
In a statement by the Public Affairs Officer LASEMA, Mr. Adebayo Kehinde, Osanyintolu explained “the boat was said to be en route Egbin Ijede (Ikorodu) from Badore, Aja area with about 21 passengers onboard when it suddenly developed mechanical problem, throwing all the passengers on board into the water, three persons were rescued immediately, while eight lifeless bodied including seven male and one female have been recovered”.
‘Still in search’
The LASEMA boss said that search and rescue is still ongoing, as the other missing persons are yet to be found by officials of Lagos State Waterways Authority and Marine Police with support from the local divers.
Community leaders as well as local fishermen in the area have been informed to avail the Agency of any information through the emergency toll free line 112/767 to enhance total recovery of the exercise.
He further advised anyone with any case of missing person to report to the Marine Police or any nearest police station around the scene of the incident.
Dr. Osanyintolu noted that despite the huge investment of the State Government to encourage water transportation and the need for ‘Lagosians’ to explore water transportation as an alternative means of transportation.
“This is due to congestion on our roads. It is important for all passengers and boat operators to imbibe safety culture and also comply with the rules and regulations of the regulatory bodies in charge of water transportation and safety in the State,” he said.
He, however, mentioned that proper investigation would be conducted by the security operatives to ascertain the real cause of the incident.
Other responders on ground include; Lagos State Fire Service, Nigeria Police Force and the Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps.