The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to sack the management of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) over recent boat mishaps which occurred on water paths in the state.
In a statement on Sunday by Taofik Gani, the PDP Spokesperson in Lagos State, the party also asked the governor to declare Lagos waterways unsafe for public transportation.
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According to the PDP, more than 50 people have been killed in several boat mishaps on Lagos waterways in the last 30 days.
While condoling with the victims of the boat mishaps, the PDP demanded adequate compensation from the state for their families.
“We demand the sack of the LASWA general manager, the overhaul of the agency, compensation for victims, prosecution of erring officials and operators.
“Facts now reveal that over 50 lives have actually been lost, with the last 17 victims being in the last 10 days.
“Therefore, with the increase in deaths on the Lagos waterways, a responsible government ought to have overhauled the management of the LASWA,” the PDP said.
Ten people were confirmed dead in a boat mishap on Wednesday July 29 around Kirikiri, Apapa.
Daily Trust had reported that 19 people were on board the boat when it capsized on its way to Badagry from Kirikiri.
It was the second major incident on the waterway in the space of one month.
On 3rd July, 2020, another boat, which took off from Ebute-Ero enroute Ikorodu with 21 passengers, capsized around 8 p.m with seven people dead while others were rescued. (NAN)