The Lagos State Government has warned beach operators in the State to adhere strictly to the safety regulations guiding their operations, warning that defaulters would be appropriately sanctioned.
Speaking on the backdrop of the unfortunate incident at the Elegushi Beach which claimed the lives of Adeshola Ogunefun and Olufunmilayo Odusina, both Postgraduate students of the University of Lagos, Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development in the State, 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.
He said the Government has the responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of all Lagosians and thus was greatly concerned about avoidable and needless deaths.
“There 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,” Akinsanya said.
While commiserating with the families of the deceased, the Commissioner said that beach operators must henceforth ensure that Lifeguards, First Aid medical facilities with qualified hands, as well as wave-warning signally equipment are provided at their various locations.
“Henceforth, 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.
“Once 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 loss”.