The Lagos Area of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has urged passengers and ferry operators in the state to desist from night travel for safety.
The Area Manager, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, made the call against the backdrop of a boat mishap on May 18, at the Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island, which claimed the life of a passenger out of nine persons on board.
He told reporters in Lagos yesterday that the waterways were not safe at night for users.
“Lives that are being lost to boat mishaps are a serious concern to us. One of the main causes of mishap on our waterways is night travel; our waterways are not illuminated. The boat can collide with anything; collision has been reported of two boats or more hitting a wreck at night,” Sambo said.
The NIWA boss said that the authority had set a 7p.m. time limit for daily operations on the water to safeguard lives of users, adding that the authority had stepped up its waterways safety enlightenment campaigns and enforcement of regulation across the navigable routes in the state.