Flowing from the backdrop of the stifled road transportation in Apapa area of Lagos, the waterway alternative is now under threat over unsafe and inadequate regulatory oversight.
The area had witnessed the introduction of barges and tug boats to move containers from the ports to different parts of Lagos through the waterways. They also move human passengers inwards and outwards of the Apapa area.
However, some barge operators are now exploiting the situation to overload barges, thereby jeopardising the safety of humans and goods on board. Already, the effect of these overloaded barges has begun to take its toll on crew members as there have been two incidents where some crew members reportedly lost their lives after their ships sank. Read more