By Olaolu Oladipo, LagosÂ
Lagos State Government has warned operators to adhere strictly to the safety regulations guiding their businesses in beaches across the state.Â
Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya in a statement on Wednesday, said that operators of beaches and other public spaces earmarked for leisure must give priority attention to safety measures that will prevent avoidable mishaps.Â
He said the state government has the responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of all Lagosians and thus was greatly concerned about avoidable and needless deaths.Â
â€œThere is no doubt that the operators of the beach in question failed to adhere to the standard safety practice. The Lagos State Government through its safety commission sets safety standards for all sectors involved in socio-economic activities in the state,â€ he said.Â
While commiserating with the families of University of Lagos undergraduates who lost their lives recently, he said that beach operators must henceforth ensure that Lifeguards, First Aid medical facilities with qualified hands, as well as wave-warning signally equipments are provided at their various locations.Â
â€œHenceforth, Lagos State Government shall not hesitate to take appropriate action against operators of beaches and other public places who fail to comply with the state’s safety regulations.
â€œOnce again, on behalf of His Excellency the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, we express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable lossâ€.