National Association of Nigerian Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters, NATBOWAT, has appealed to the Federal and state governments to erect caution signs that would make the nation’s waterways safe for commuters and boat operators.
President, of the association, Mr. Tarzan Balogun, made the appeal in Lagos recently.
He said this had become imperative because more people now patronise the waterways than they used to do in the past.
The President said that the government would achieve these by erecting caution signs , clear water hyacinth, refuse dumps and ship- wrecks on the waterways.
He said that with these caution signs in place, operators would know when to move during the rainy season when the volume of water on the waterways would be high .
Balogun also appealed to government to tackle the challenges of sea piracy that were facing boat operators, their passengers and tourists on the waterways.
“Pirates are one of the major threats operators and tourists faced on waterways.
“If our governments can address the challenge of pirates, it will help to improve water transportation business and aquatic tourism business in the country,’’ he said.
Balogun also said this would help to stave off crashes during the rainy season when the ocean tides were usually high.
He said that tourists and passengers plying the waterways should also be provided with life-jackets by operators while in transit on the waterways to enhance their safety in case of storm or other incidents.
“ This can be curtailed with adequate safety measures taken by the authorities concerned, “ Balogun said.
He also appealed to operators not to embark on a journey when the weather was bad because it was not safe to sail during that period.

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