Yesterday, 16th of September 2020, the Lagos State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt.hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) to ensure strict enforcement of the state waterways laws to reduce incessant boat mishaps in the state.
The Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, made this known during an oversight tour to LASWA and the Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), in Lagos on Wednesday.
“Enforcement is key because in the daily runnings of boat operations in our State, most of the boat mishaps we have seen are caused by the local operators and at the end of the day, it gives a bad name to the state government but these boats are not being run by the government agency.
“In terms of enforcement, LASWA needs proper rescue boats and needs to strengthen and enforce the operation of our waterways to reduce incessant mishaps on our waterways.
LASWA was created to serve as a regulator and to provide the enabling infrastructure in the waterways transport sector. With this responsibility of water transportation because the state government is looking for alternatives to road usage and, at the same time, encouraging mass transit of waterways has to improve in the state.
One of the major challenges of the authority was having was improper channelisation of the waterways and this should be done by the agency because it understood the routes better.
Other members of the lagos State house of Assembly of the Transportation committee included , Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu (Epe II)
Hon. Tijani Surajudeen Emir (Ojo II)
Hon. Sanni Ganeey Babatunde Okanlawon (Kosofe 1)
Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island 2)