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Jnr Pope: Anambra Assembly mandates use of life jackets on waterways

Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a motion making the use of life jackets on waterways, compulsory in the state.

This followed a motion moved by Majority Leader, Ikenna Ofodeme at plenary on Tuesday, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance.

Ofodeme, while making his submission, said that many lives had been lost as a result of accidents on waterways due to passengers and operators of boats not using life jackets.

He said; “Section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution stipulates that the protection of life and property remain the primary purpose of government. The safety of citizens utilising water transportation is of paramount importance too.

“Therefore, adequate provisions and distribution of certified life jackets be made to all maritime businesses with strict enforcement mechanisms to ensure proper usage by passengers and operators alike.

“There should also be public awareness to educate citizens on the importance of wearing life jackets during water transportation and the potential consequences of non-compliance”.

Speaker of the House, Dr Somtochukwu Udeze, said the safety of lives and property of the citizenry was paramount to the government.

“The state Assembly calls on the state Governor to direct the Commissioner for Transportation and other relevant agencies to compel the compulsory use of life jackets on all waterways in the state to ensure safety of lives,” he said.