The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Wednesday donated Life Jackets to residents of Epe community at Marina Waterfront, Epe
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, spoke during the event, stating that the donation was made to ensure that the dividends of democracy are extended to every resident and also entrench safety on the inland waterways.
He disclosed that Epe will receive 500 life jackets out of the 3000 made available by the State government, noting, however, the recalcitrant attitude among some boat operators who have failed to register with the Agency as required in the State.
According to him: “The registration of boat operators will enable us to plan ahead, know how to intervene in terms of infrastructure and reach out to the people in terms of development. Those who failed to do necessary registration stipulated by law will soon be sanctioned by the State government”.
While stressing that the present administration will continue to do its best in terms of infrastructural upgrade, sensitisation and advocacy programme in Epe and other divisions of the State, Emmanuel implored Epe residents to make good use of the life jackets donated and always adorn them while on board during water transportation.
Honourable member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency 1, Mr. Abiodun Tobun, described the event as a welcome development, which shows that Lagos is working and is also passionate about the welfare, safety and prosperity of the people.
He revealed that more boats for water transportation will be brought to Epe soon to decongest the roads, make life easier and above all enhance the economic activities of inhabitants of the community.
Engr. Sunday Ukeme, the Head of Inspection and Monitoring of LASWA, in his Safety Lecture, spoke on some safety tips in case of emergency during water transportation and demonstrated the proper way of wearing the safety jackets.
The donation of 500 Safety Jackets to the community was received by representatives of Obas, Schools, Market Associations and boat operators in the community.