The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Tuesday said that it had impounded engines of six passengers’ boat operators in its renewed efforts to sanitise waterways to prevent boat mishaps.
Its General Manager, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos by Mrs Nkechi Ajayi, the Public Affairs Officer of LASWA.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there have been reports of accidents on waterways in Lagos in recent times, the latest being July 29, which claimed more than 10 lives.
Emmanuel expressed LASWA’s commitment to continually ensure the safety of ferry passengers in the state.
According to him, the arrest of erring boat operators is part of the authority’s efforts in the ongoing enforcement and monitoring exercise across the inland waterways.
“The patrol team of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) earlier today seized a total number of six boat engines belonging to commercial ferry operators that were caught flouting safety regulations on the waterways.
“Their offences include: not wearing life jackets, overloading, reckless driving, among other offences which could have resulted in preventable fatalities when accidents occur,” the LASWA boss said.
According to him, areas covered during today’s safety compliance operations were Mile 2, Kirirkiri, Abule Osun Jetty, Alex Jetty, Liverpool, Ebute-Ojo all in the Ojo axis of Lagos.
Emmanuel reassured that the authority would no longer condone any action that would be against the safety standards of the state inland waterways.
“Any erring operator will be sanctioned appropriately,” the general manager said.
According to him, the authority will work harder on boat captains and deckhands while continuing sensitisation, awareness and enlightenment to foster safety on waterways.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/safety-compliance-laswa-impounds-engines-of-6-erring-ferry-operators/
2 men in court over alleged theft of N18.6m of roofing sheets
Two men – Sunday Ugwoke, 24 and Auwal Suleiman, 35 – were on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of roofing sheets worth N18.6 million.
The accused who reside in the Apapa area of Lagos were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence in July between 2.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. in Apapa, Lagos.
Ajayi alleged that the defendants who worked on Wharf Road, Apapa, stole the 20ft container of roofing sheets belonging to Mr Chidi Adiligwo, their employer.
She said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 411 and 287(5)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 287(5)(b) of the law stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She said one of the sureties each must own a landed property and adjourned the case until Oct. 10, for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta
Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Police arraign 2 over alleged unlawful possession of firearm
The police on Monday arraigned two persons – Joseph Adole and Samuel Ikoji – both aged 24, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition.
The defendants, whose addresses were not stated, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.
They, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants conspired to commit the offences on July 26, at 2.40p.m. at Odonia in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Ajayi said that the defendants possessed a pistol and ammunition without a licence, adding that they could not give a satisfactory account of them.
She said that the offences contravened Sections 330(d) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 330(d) provides for seven years jail term for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Ajibade, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She directed that one of their respective sureties must be a blood relation.
Ajibade adjourned the case until Oct. 15 for substantive hearing.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ijeoma Popoola
Driver in court for allegedly stealing N2m truck
A truck driver, Akeem Muraino, on Monday, appeared at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing his employer’s truck worth N2 million.
Muraino, 42, whose house address was not given, is being tried for stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 13 at 8.00 a.m. at Gowon Estate, Alimosho, Lagos State.
Emuerhi said that the defendant was an employee of the complainant, Mr Saka Lukmon.
He said the defendant, who absconded with the truck, was apprehended by the Police.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates a seven-year jail term for the offence.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. A. Adegun, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adegun adjourned the case until Oct. 22, for hearing.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde