FG To Commission 12 Boats, Water Ambulances To Curb Accidents

FG To Commission 12 Boats, Water Ambulances To Curb Accidents

by Ololade Adebeshin
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FG To Commission 12 Boats, Water Ambulances To Curb Accidents


By People’s Voice Nigeria | News


The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola will inaugurate 12 fibre-reinforced plastic fast-moving boats and three water ambulances.


It was learnt that the deployment of the boats, which are pilot schemes are efforts to phase out wooden canoes with a view to eliminating incessant accidents on the water ways.


The minister will also embark on a one-day working visit on Tuesday to the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.


In a statement issued by the Minister’ Spokesman, Ismail Omipidan, the visit would afford the minister the opportunity of inaugurating some of the landmark projects and programmes executed by NIWA, under the leadership of the Managing Director, Bola and Oyebamiji, in the last seven months.


Also, Oyebamiji noted the minister would inaugurate three water ambulances for prompt search and rescue operations on the inland waterways, noting that the ambulances would be deployed to Lagos, Port Harcourt and Niger where the is water heavy,


According to him, he was excited about the visit, as it would afford his team the opportunity to render its stewardship account in the last seven months of assumption of office.


He said: “After receiving my appointment letter about six months ago, the minister charged me to find a lasting solution to incessant accidents on the Waterways.


“Today, I am happy to note that, in response to that charge, my team and I have already put measures in place to address that situation.


“The first thing we did was to ensure that the Inland Waterways Transportation Regulation (2023) for safety regulations on the inland waterways was gazzeted.The process to have the code gazetted had been on for so many years. However, within 6 months, we have been able to conclude the process.


“The code would be launched by the Honourable Minister on Tuesday. Once launched, it will guide the operations of boat operators on the inland waterways, regulate the conduct of passengers using the waterways; and provide a framework for potential investors in water transportation.


“This, would no doubt help to eliminate incessant accidents on our Waterways.”

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