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Waterways authority blames overloading on vessels inadequacy

Waterways authority blames overloading on vessels inadequacy
The National Inland Waterways Authority has said that inadequate boats may be responsible for overloading of boats.

4th August 2022 A passenger boat 4th August 2022 The National Inland Waterways Authority has said that inadequate boats may be responsible for overloading of boats.She, however, said that NIWA, being the regulator of the Inland Waterways Transportation System, had initiated measures aimed at addressing the menace of boat mishaps in Nigeria.“The most important of the measures is the introduction of Inland waterways transportation code, being the handiwork of all inland waterways stakeholders’ conference held in Uyo.” Explaining further, she said that many boat mishaps were as a result of mechanical, human and natural factors.

Boat mishaps are mainly as a result of mechanical, human and natural factors such as overloading, careless driving, overspeeding, negligence, turbulent weather, wreckages, use of old wooden boat, tree stumps, snags, night sailing, untrained boat drivers and flagrant disregard for safety regulations, most especially sailing in the night and lack of usage of life jackets.” Related News Regulatory bodies rue boat accidents, recommend sanctions for operators, others Rivers of deaths: Niger govt, residents lament boat accidents as flooded dams wreak havoc 350 die in boat accidents in 2020 Braimah also said that another challenge was that most of these boats involved in mishaps took off from illegal jetties and ordinary steep banks at all times.

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