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Boat Mishap: Lagos Recovers Corpses Of 6 Children …Ambode Names Engr Okonji As GM State Electricity Board

Corpses Of Six Pupils Who Drowned In Wednesday’s Boat Mishap In Ojo Area, Have Been Recovered By Lagos State Government.

Emmanuel Ukudolo

Not less than six corpses of pupils who drowned in Wednesday’s boat mishap in Ojo area, Southwest Nigeria have been recovered by the Lagos State Government. Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Yinka Marinho who made the revelation at a press briefing in Lagos said that three of the bodies were recovered yesterday while the other three were found earlier today.

He said that 14 children survived the tragedy, adding that what happened was that a Motorised Boat ramped into a canoe carrying the children to school when the motorised boat developed fault midway in the water around Irewe, Ojo. According to him, the operator of the boat was trying to fix the problem in the river when it ramped into the canoe. Marinho disclosed that captain of the motorised boat has been arrested and detained at the Railway Police Station adding that passengers in the boat were not wearing live jacket despite the fact that the government had distributed 3,500 life jackets to boat operators.

He said the State had 53 water terminals were all registered boats must take off, adding that no boat operator dared to leave the terminal without its passengers wearing life jackets, adding that there are life guards stationed in these waterways to ensure that the waterways law were followed.  The LASWA boss stated that many canoes plying the waterways, especially those from riverine communities were not captured in the ones to be monitored by LASWA, which informed reason why many of them did not use life jackets.

He said government that since many people did not ply such areas, much attention was not always paid to them, but noted that government would now pay attention to monitoring them. Marinho further disclosed that in the next few weeks, another sets of 2,400 life jackets would be distributed to boat operators while another set of 1,800 would be distributed for the use of school children in riverine areas.

In another development, Lagos State Governor, Mr . Akinwunmi Ambode yesreday approved the appointment of Engineer Peter Nkedishuka Okonji as the new General Manager of the State Electricity Board. In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Aruna, Okonji’s appointment which takes immediate effect, follows the resignation of Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi as the General Manager of Board.

Engineer Okonji is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree of the University of Ife; now renamed Obafemi Awolowo University. He is also a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

He joined the services of the State Government in 1986 and has served in various capacities among which was as Acting General Manager of the State Electricity Board before his deployment to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources where he served as the director and head of Power Department until his new a‎ppointment.

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