The Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has recognized the indiscriminate parking of barges on the waterways by their operators as the rationale behind the boat mishap that claimed 17 lives within the Mile 2 space of Lagos on Friday.
The District Secretary, Taskforce Staff of the Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Comrade Owolabi Omotayo, disclosed whereas talking with SHIPS & PORTS on Monday.
“This has at all times been our concern; waterways at Mile 2 have perpetually been partially blocked by barges. Parking of those barges there simply makes waterways slim,” he stated.
Omotayo additionally blamed the boat driver, who additionally died within the accident, for working from “a jetty that has closed for the day”.
“Additionally, throughout the time passengers had been panicking and making an attempt to flee for his or her expensive lives, their operating up and down would have imbalanced the boat on the water which most likely led to their waterloo. What is predicted of the passengers was to be calm and let the motive force be accountable for the boat.