Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has called for improved safety regulations across all transport modes to curb increased accidents and deaths in the society recorded by commuters.
The group in a statement released at the weekend said government and relevant bodies must immediately begin to enforce safety measures to check the recurring cases of boat mishaps and accidents caused by container trucks plying Lagos roads.
The group describing the development as “unsavoury”, mourned the situation where Nigerian citizens are sent to an early grave through avoidable fatal incidents, which seem unending .
“We urge relevant government authorities to act immediately and curb the menace posed by these trucks and unregulated fibre boat owners.
“Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) should strengthen their enforcement and collaboration with sister Agencies to protect and effectively regulate the waterways.
“In the same vein, we call for haste in the on-going repairs on most Lagos roads.
“We call on safety and law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce safety regulations on container-bearing trucks.
“These urgent calls have become necessary as bad roads, unregulated trucks have caused increased unnecessary deaths and distress across the country especially in Lagos State.
“Most of these containers are usually tilted to one end and not properly fastened, while most just sit dangerously threatening to slide off when the truck attempts to climb a slope or is driven through Lagos bad roads.
“Enough of accusing fingers pointing at one law enforcement Agency against the other. We demand strengthened interagency collaboration to curb the menace. We demand that officers caught aiding drivers’ lawlessness with bribery and corruption should be prosecuted”, the statement said.