Boat accidents are not strange in Nigeria. However, the high rate witnessed lately in Rivers State has demanded urgent attention. There have been various occurrences in times past, including the recent boat capsizes in Bakana in July and that of Okrika in early August 2018 where many lives were lost.
During various interviews with the Nigeria Info 92.3 FM in Port Harcourt, Marana Global outlined some common factors that are responsible for these sad occurrences, not only Rivers but Nigeria at large.
Some of the factors we pointed out included poor management at the jetties, overloading, lack adequate and suitable personal floatation devices, inability of passengers to swim, incompetence on the part the sailor, poor vessel conditions, among others.
We therefore recommend that all stakeholders should get their hands on deck to implement solutions that have been recommended so that lives and properties can be preserved on our waterways. We also want to call on the government and management of the waterways to collaborate with other professionals in making the waterways safer for navigation.