Safety on Waterways: NIWA Inaugurates Search and Rescue Centre in Lagos

Safety on Waterways: NIWA Inaugurates Search and Rescue Centre in Lagos

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) said it has ramped up more safety timelines for Lagos waters by setting up a Search and Rescue centre.

This is coming barely a month after activating navigational aids in Lagos, Federal government regulatory agency on brown water economy

In a statement on Saturday, the Authority about seventeen staff of the marine department in Lagos area office have been trained on how to activate, identify and direct safety ecology towards distressed crafts on water to ensure the centre is adequately manned to respond to emergencies.

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The NIWA Lagos Search and Rescue team, were also drilled on basic training on Radio Communication skills and how to use same to strategically network with crafts and other national emergency agencies as specified by International Maritime Organization ( IMO) whenever a save our soul ( SOS) Operational situation arises on water.

In a brief remark during the training outing for the Lagos safety team and inauguration of the S&R Center, Engineer Sarat Lara Braimah,. Area Manager, NIWA Lagos, expressed deep appreciation to the Managing Director, Dr George Moghalu for approving and setting up the Search and Rescue Center, barely few weeks after unveiling navigational buoys to guide and roadmap safe water transportation in Lagos.

She also thumbed up the General Manager, Marine, NIWA Headquarters, Engr, Joseph Ororo for the encouragement and reiterated that by these enduring safety measures, Dr Moghalu has challenged the Lagos area office to brace up for effective discharge of its mandate to stakeholders and Sundry users of the critical busy Lagos waterways.

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Engineer Braimah informed team Lagos Rescue Center, that to whom much is given, much is expected, and appealed that time has come for all hands to be deck as safety issues requires deep interpretation, implemention and joint execution.

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