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Monday, September 28, 2015

Lagos Confirms Five Dead In Ikorodu Boat Mishap

The Lagos State Government on Sunday confirmed the death of five persons in the boat mishap which occurred at the weekend along Oke Ira Nla, Ajah-Bayeku, in Ikorodu axis of the state.

The government also announced the conclusion of plans to embark on an aggressive campaign and enforcement of guidelines for commercial boat operators, in a bid to forestall the tide of boat mishap in the state.

In a statement signed by the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Abisola Kamson, the new drive is in line with the commitment of State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to ensure that water transportation, by all standards, remains the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation.

Kamson who spoke against the backdrop of the boat mishap, said LASWA was notified of the incident involving a Bayeku Ferry Association commercial boat carrying twenty passengers and two crew members from Oke Ira Nla, Ajah to Bayeku in Ikorodu.

She said upon receiving the notification, the Authority’s Water Guards were immediately deployed to the scene of the incident to assist in rescue efforts.

Kamson said she later led a delegation of state officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Local Government and Community Affairs, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, and the Baale of Baiyeku, Chief Saheed Aleje Ajibode, to visit the site of the incident.

[Tunde Opeseitan Lagos, Leadership]

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