Lagos’ boat night trip ban remains in effect

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The Lagos State Government has stated once more that the rule prohibiting boat operators from operating in the state’s waterways after 7 o’clock every day was still in effect.

This information was provided in a joint statement from the general manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, and the director-general of the Lagos Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, which was made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday.

In addition, the statement cautioned boat operators against refueling in the middle of the ocean, saying that doing so was dangerous.
It said, in part:

“In line with the waterways’ safety code developed by all waterway’s regulators and stakeholders, boat transport, activities are to take place between 5:30 am and 7.00 pm every day. It is an offense for boat operators and passengers to be seen on inland waterways outside of these hours. “Therefore, all waterways’ users are advised to strictly observe this time restriction in order to avoid boat mishaps. On no condition should anyone get on board a vessel after or before the stipulated operational hours likewise no passenger or operator can board a vessel without wearing a life vest with a standard buoyancy factor. “This is very important because, in event of an accident, the user will be able to stay afloat for a few minutes before emergency responders arrive. In addition to using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, boat operators are mandated to have onboard safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, first aid boxes, pool float (life buoys), and so on.”

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