The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has extended their condolences to the Onilase of Ilashe, Lagos and the good people of the Ilashe Community, particularly families of those who lost their loved ones in the boat mishap of Sunday, 20th August, 2017.
In statement in Lagos, NIWA said preliminary investigations by its Lagos Area Office revealed that sixteen (16) persons boarded the private boat from the Ilashe Community Jetty to cross to the other side of the Badagry Creek on their way to Church.
NIWA said that “As at the time of this press release, there were five (5) survivors, nine (9) fatalities and one (1) person unaccounted for.”
According to the statement, NIWA had sent a delegation to commiserate with the Oba of Ilashe and the families of the affected persons in addition to the engagement of its search-and-rescue team, while praying that the families of the deceased be comforted.
The Authority seize this opportunity to renew its calls on all water users on the critical importance of wearing life jackets on board all boats no matter how short the distance may be and whether or not a person can swim, emphasizing the importance of and mandatory use of life jackets on board at all times.
NIWA also said that at a time of such loss of lives, government agencies should be concerned about providing succor to victims and families, assisting in rescue operations and examining the cause(s) of the mishap with a view to curtailing possible future occurrences rather than acts of shifting blames.