Engineer Elsie Egwuatu presents Life Jackets to community leaders in Ajido
NIWA Continues Riverine Communities Sensitization, Visits Apa, Ajido, Gberefun
…..Donates Life Jackets
Fred Omotara, Lagos
In continuation of its sensitization campaign along the waterways, the Lagos Area Office of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NWA) on Tuesday visited Ajido, Apa, and Gberefun Island all in Badagry to distribute Life Jackets and enlighten the people on safe waterways navigation.
Leading the team which comprises of NIWA officials and boat operators, the Head of Marine of NIWA in Lagos, Engineer Elsie Egwuatu reeled out the implication of violating the newly gazetted Transport Code of the Federal Government, urging the communities to abide by tbe new law to avoid arrest and prosecution.
Engineer Egwuatu who represented the Lagos Area Manager, Engineer Sarat Braimah, highlighted the hazards of night trips, boat ride without Life Jackets and paddle,, overloading, and boarding of un-named boats.
She warned that henceforth, the NIWA enforcement team will clamp down on defaulters.
”You must come to our office to register your boats. From August , we will be clamping down on any boat that is not registered with NIWA and you will be prosecuted according to the new Waterways gazetted transportation code which prescribed seven years imprisonment for offenders,” she said.
The NIWA team was received by community leaders in a the three riverine communities.
In tbe entourage of the NIWA team was the National President of ATBOWATON, Mr. Ganiyu Balogun, State Chairman, Mr. Saheed Lawal and Badagry Chairman, Mr. Babatope Fajemirokun.
Recall that the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engineer Sarat Braimah had on Monday led a delegation to Sagbo-Koji, Bishop-Koji, Irede and Wehla-Koji to sensitise riverine communities on the newly gazetted Transport Code
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