COVID-19: Boat operators association urges members to adhere to preventive measures



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The Association of Tourists Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) has urged members to adhere to the social distancing rule and observe other preventive measures to avoid contracting COVID-19.

The Association’s National President, Mr Ganiyu Balogun, also the Managing Director, Tarzan Boats made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday.

Balogun said that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all boat operators on Nigerian waterways were advised to convey only 15 passengers in a boat with capacity for 20 without increasing fares.

He advised all members to adhere to the preventive measures stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health to remain safe.

“I am using this opportunity to call on all our members to obey the safety rules stated by WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health, likewise adhere to the social distancing rule.

“For a boat of 20 persons capacity, 15 should be conveyed, and they must ensure there are materials at every jetty with which passengers can wash their hands and get sanitised.

“We held an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Lagos here, where we took out time to sensitise our members on the safety rules.

“Some operators in Lagos have complied with the rule of carrying 15 passengers in a 20 persons capacity boat and their fares remain the same,” he said.

Balogun said that the association had indicated interest to stop operations on Lagos waterways due to the outbreak of the viral disease, but the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said they could continue.

“We are waiting for the Lagos state government’s directive on our operations due to COVID-19, we had shut down our operations before, but LASWA called us back to go ahead with our operations.

“I advise and plead with every boat operator to adhere to the safety rules, and I pray we overcome this soon,” he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle

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