The Lagos State Government said on Tuesday that it has set up an 11- man inter-ministerial committee to unravel the immediate and remote causes of perennial accidents in Lagos waterways that has led to the death of tens of Nigerians.
Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa who made the revelation in Lagos said the committee would work out ways to forestall repeat of the incidents in the state.
“The Ministerial Fact Finding Committee will ascertain and determine the immediate and remote causes of the 2nd April, 2014 boat mishap at Ikorodu and such other similar incidents in the past, ascertain and confirm details of the accident including the roles of all concerned persons, institutions and agencies, make such recommendations as may be considered necessary to avoid a recurrence of such incidents, promote safe practices and adherence to safety standard in water transportation in the State”, he said.
The committee has Mr. Olajide Tairu, Director, Public Transportation and Commuter Service as Chairman, Mr Sina Thorpe, Assistant Director, Press/Public Relations, Mr. Kehinde Olanipekun, Assistant Director, Finance & Administration and Mr. M Loya, Chief Works, Superintendent with representatives drawn from the Ministries of Justice, Works, and The Environment.
Representatives from the Lagos State Safety Commission, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Fire Service are to also serve as members of the Committee.
The commissioner called on interested members of the public to avail the committee necessary information that would assist it to improve the standard of water transportation in the state.