Lagos explains fatal boat collision

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right) receiving some life Jackets from  the Deputy Managing Director, Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Ngoka (2nd left) during the Official handing over of 2,400 Life Jackets donated by Total Nigeria PLC. to the Lagos State Government  at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. With them are: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Olayinka Marinho (right), Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Adebisi Ariyo (2nd right), Supervisory Community Development National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mrs. Helen Nkwo (3rd left) and Business Development Manager, Emo Exploration & Production Limited, Mr. Dennis Otsemobior (left).

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right) receiving some life Jackets from the Deputy Managing Director, Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Ngoka (2nd left) during the Official handing over of 2,400 Life Jackets donated by Total Nigeria PLC. to the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, Ikeja. With them are: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Olayinka Marinho (right), Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Adebisi Ariyo (2nd right), Supervisory Community Development National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mrs. Helen Nkwo (3rd left) and Business Development Manager, Emo Exploration & Production Limited, Mr. Dennis Otsemobior (left)

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right) receiving some life Jackets from  the Deputy Managing Director, Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Ngoka (2nd left) during the Official handing over of 2,400 Life Jackets donated by Total Nigeria PLC. to the Lagos State Government  at the Lagos House, Ikeja. With them are: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Olayinka Marinho (right), Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Adebisi Ariyo (2nd right), Supervisory Community Development National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mrs. Helen Nkwo (3rd left) and Business Development Manager, Emo Exploration & Production Limited, Mr. Dennis Otsemobior (left)
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right) receiving some life Jackets from the Deputy Managing Director, Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Ngoka (2nd left) during the Official handing over of 2,400 Life Jackets donated by Total Nigeria PLC. to the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, Ikeja. With them are: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Olayinka Marinho (right), Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Adebisi Ariyo (2nd right), Supervisory Community Development National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mrs. Helen Nkwo (3rd left) and Business Development Manager, Emo Exploration & Production Limited, Mr. Dennis Otsemobior (left)

The Lagos State Government at the weekend confirmed the fatal boat collision incident reported at Ibeshe in Ikorodu axis of the state on Thursday January 21, 2016, just as it restated its commitment to continue to improve on safety on the State waterways.

In a statement signed by the Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson said the incident which occurred at about 8:05am was as a result of the early morning fog which led to poor visibility for the captains of the two boats.

She said the Authority was able to ascertain what led to the incident from its information gathering machinery and onsite water guards.

According to her, one of the boats (MV Cherio) which had 20 passengers on board was operating at high speed and by the time it noticed the second boat (Olaoluwa) which had no passengers on board, it was too late to avoid a collision.

She said the impact of the collision claimed the life of a passenger on board and left three other persons injured.

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According to her, the three injured persons were immediately rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital and have since been transferred to LUTH for further treatment.

The LASWA boss said the enforcement of lifejackets on waterways reduced the number of casualties as all passengers on board were wearing their life jackets.

She said immediately the incident was reported, LASWA deployed its water guards to monitor and oversight the situation adding that the Marine Police have also been notified and are currently carrying out an investigation.

She also restated the commitment of the State Government to enforce speed limits on the waterways by operators as well as aggressive campaign and enforcement of guidelines for commercial boat operators to stem boat accidents in the future.