With just 10 days to the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repair works, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said on Tuesday it had commenced strategic collaborations with relevant agencies to enhance safety on the waterways.
The Federal Government said last week it would partially shut down the Third Mainland Bridge for six months, beginning from July 24, for maintenance works.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr. Kayode Popoola, who disclosed this at a media briefing, said consultations were ongoing for another phase of repairs to begin on the 11.8-kilometre bridge.
On plans to make water transportation a viable alternative for commuters during the closure, the General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said in a statement the authority had commenced discussion with relevant agencies on the matter.
He added that LASWA on Monday held a strategic session on safety procedures with the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
The statement read: “The meeting was attended by the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Mr. Lanre Mojola and his Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) counterpart, Dr. Femi Oke- Osanyintolu.
“Discussions at the meeting centred on safety measures for boat operators and passengers during the partial closure, effective ways to ease traffic congestion through the inland waterways and the collaborative efforts to be put in place.
‘These efforts include having safety marshals and water guards stationed at strategic jetties to implement safety protocols.”