By Precious Igbonwelundu and Oziegbe Okoeki
On Sunday, another body was recovered from the Ikorodu waterway, bringing to seven the number of deaths recorded in the boat accident on Friday night.
The Lagos State Hydrographic Authority (LASWA) said that all 14 survivors were rescued the same night, adding that the bodies were recovered in batches of four, two and one on Friday night, Saturday and yesterday, respectively.
A passenger boat that left Ebute Ero on Lagos Island for Ikorodu around 8 pm on Friday sank in the middle of its journey, throwing all passengers and crew into the water.
Some of the passengers on board were identified as Layiwola, Ademola Jamilat, Ajobola, Olabisi, Sikiru, Ikome, Charles, Adesua, Iya Tobi, Tunde, Vivian, Peter, Monday, Bisi, Olalekan, Emeka, Victor, Ebeta and Korede Bada .
The director general of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the boat operators violated the ban on night tours and had 21 passengers instead of 14 recommended.
The state government again warned residents to give up indiscriminate dumping of waste in the drainages, explaining that this practice damages the roads.
The special adviser to the governor of works and infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, said this while inspecting the urgent palliative work carried out by Public Works Corporation in the Mile 2 section of the Lagos-Badagry expressway, which has deteriorated.
According to the special consultant, "Although the rehabilitation and expansion work on the Lagos – Badagry Express Highway is progressing as planned, it became necessary to intervene and make the Mile 2 section of the road engine capable of commuting passengers"
Speaking in the context of the volume of garbage removed during palliative work on drains along the Mile 2 section and the resulting impact on the degraded state of the road, Adeyoye, who visited the site in the company of Special Advisor to Drain Governor Joe Igbokwe, asked for a change in attitude of residents.
According to the special adviser, “a road is only as good as its drains and the dumping of waste into the drains not only compromises the integrity of the asphalt surface, but also impairs the durability of the roads, especially now that the rains are here; without a functional drainage system, the roads provided cannot be sustained, ”he said.