NIWA confiscates 200 sub-standard life jackets in Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority has confiscated more than 200 sub-standard life jackets from boat operators in the Lagos area.

The Head of the Marine Department of NIWA, Mrs. Sarat Suleiman, who made the disclosure in Lagos, said that the jackets were seized on June 11.

“Our mandate is to make the state’s waterways safe for all travelers and this should be more paramount to every operator and passenger.

“As part of our efforts to sanitise waterways and make it safe, we seized no fewer than 200 fake life jackets in a single raid last week.

“One of the ways of ensuring water safety is the use of standard life jackets and operators must comply,’’ she stated.

On the number of fake life jackets seized in 2014, the marine officer said the authority usually burnt worn-out and sub-standard jackets seized during its operations every Wednesday.

While assuring that the authority would sustain the crusade against sub-standard life jackets, Suleiman warned boat operators to provide standard jackets for passengers or risk more sanctions.

NIWA Area Manager, Alhaji Muazu Sambo, had earlier said that the government had been donating standard life jackets to operators as part of efforts to enhance safety.

Sambo said that the authority had commenced full enforcement of laws regarding the safety of waterways, advising ferry operators and passengers to comply with safety requirements.

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