The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos State has asked Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to sack the management of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) over the recent boat mishaps on Lagos waterways.
In a statement on Sunday by the PDP Spokesperson in Lagos State, Taofik Gani, the party also requested the governor to declare Lagos waterways unsafe for public transportation.
According to 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, 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 Spokesperson said.
Confirming the Wednesday incident, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager of LASWA, said the boat, which was carrying 19 passengers, capsized at about 6pm.
Emmanuel added that the emergency and regulatory authorities were still on a search-and-rescue operation, just as the authority has stepped up enforcement of rules and regulations on ferry operators.