NIWA Standardises Life Jacket Used On Waterways, Commissions Water Ambulance

* From right: Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Adeleke Mamora commissioning the Water Ambulance and while the Area Manager, NIWA, Engr. Sambo Muazu watches with keen attention at its office in Marina,Lagos


…Identifies Overloading, Night Sailing, Others Causes Of Boat Mishaps

The Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Adeleke Mamora has stated that henceforth the authority would ensure that the life jackets used by operators of water transport are standardised and certified by NIWA.

He stated this while commissioning NIWA Water Ambulance for emergency situation at its Lagos Area office today at Marina.

The NIWA boss said that ambulance is very important especially during emergency, adding that just like the road transport use ambulance to convey victims of road accidents to the hospital, which is also the way victims of boat mishaps would be conveyed to hospitals for treatment.

He posited that the job of NIWA is to reduce accident on the waterways to the barest minimum, adding that the important thing is to be ready when there is boat mishap happens the agency is not cut napping.

The job of decreasing the number of waterways mishaps, he stated would not be that of the authority alone , adding that it needs the cooperation of other stakeholders.

Mamora noted that of recent there have been boat mishaps but that in all these places where it occurred, it has been due to non compliance of the operators to the Inland waterways code.

* The just commissioned Water Ambulance

He added that what these boat mishaps tells us is for NIWA to carry out more campaign , enlightenment, and sensitisation of the operators and the general public on the consequences of not complying with the Inland Waterways Code.

The Managing Director warned that any operator that engages in overloading, failure to balance the seating arrangement, engaging in night sailing and not wearing life jacket among other unprofessional operations is inviting accident on the waterways.

Other very important issues which operators of water transport must take seriously is having the manifest, which indicates the number of passengers on board, take off point and destination.

According to him, ”Overloading is a major issue; a situation where a boat designed to carry 20 passengers now carry 50 passengers is accident waiting to happen.”

He however said that though there are challenges facing the water transport just like in other mode of transport but that these challenges are meant to be surmounted

* The MD of NIWA ,Mamora, Muazu and other dignitaries at the event.

Mamora assured that NIWA would do everything humanly possible to address these challenges.

On the water ambulance, he said, It is good for the waterways. I can assure you that we will get more of this. By doing we are also telling you that we are listening and we will try and do our best.”

He told stakeholders including traditional ruler that safety must be their watch word and that safety should be everybody’s business.

“Everyone must own safety because it concerns everybody.”

Also speaking, the Area Manager, NIWA, Engr. Sambo Muazu thanked the managing director for his support and guidance

He also commended Mr Balogun Tarzan, the traditional rulers present and a representative of the United Waterways Association and other stakeholders for their support , adding that NIWA as a  regulatory body would continue to partner with stakeholders to make waterways safer.

Muazu, who also commended the media for their support and coverage of NIWA’s event, appealed to them to continue to inform Nigerians, who according to have phobia for water transport that the waterways are safe.

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