The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command has expressed her readiness to arrest Boat/ Ferry transporters and their passengers who repeatedly violate safety rules on water ways.
This statement was signed and made available to Newsmen by the Command Spokesperson: DSC Olufemi Omole on Sunday 17th October, 202.
While deploying the Command Personnel to specific locations at the Coastal areas, the State Commandant NSCDC Ondo State Command, Hammed Abodunrin PhD. said the Command under his watch will no longer tolerate the lackadaisical attitude of Boat transporters who are only concerned with loading goods and passengers without ensuring their safety.
Dr. Abodunrin lamented on the previous Boat mishap at Ilaje Local Government Area which claimed the life of one (1) passenger leaving fifteen (15) others wounded as a result of overspeeding and refusal to use Life Jackets. In addition, He sighted the recent night occurrence when a Speed Boat left Ugbonla for Igbenefa in Ilaje and encountered a collision with a bigger wooden boat from the high sea leading to the death of One and four passengers terribly injured.
The State Commandant further relayed that his men were deployed to Iyasan in Irele Local Government Area for rescue operations as two victims of Boat mishap: Oki Michael and Omogbehin Adebayo dead bodies were recovered. In his words: ” It is high time our people placed premise on the value of human life; we have warned repeatedly that no transporter or passenger should travel the water ways without putting on their Life Jackets. Henceforth, the Command Marine Special force would be on patrol and violators be arrested.
Commandant Abodunrin also affirmed the Command continuous collaboration with the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB), Igbokoda in the arrest of suspected Illegal dealers in Petroleum Products, Vandals, Oil bunkerers and enforcement of safety rules on waterways.
The Commandant said that the NSCDC Ondo Command has trained Officers and men who would in turn carry out Public Sensitization and Awareness Programs on how to Identify possible security threats and imbibe proactive Safety Precautions; stressing that the Command is fully committed to the Corps Mandate in Safeguarding all Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Disaster management, Intelligence gathering amongst others.
While commiserating with the bereaved families and the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Ondo State Chapter; the Command helmsman reiterated that Safety of lives and property is a prerogative of the NSCDC thus, refusal to wear life jackets while plying the waterways will no more be tolerated.
DSC OLUFEMI OMOLE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
NSCDC ONDO STATE COMMAND.