The traditional Ruler Council of Bayelsa, has called for the establishment of waterways safety corps for the nation’s coastal lines.
The council’s chairman, Diete Spiff, gave this advice in Yenagoa.
Spiff said that establishing such safety corps would go a long way in checkmating boat mishap, as well as improving job creation, not in Bayelsa alone but Nigeria at large.
He added that water transportation like road, was crucial to national development.
“While we have the safety corps for the road, we should also be talking about the possibility of having the waterways safety corps, either making it part of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) or similar,” Spiff said.
Bayelsa is a predominantly riverine state and water remains the major means of transportation.
Out of the eight Local Government Areas of the state, only four including Yenagoa, Ogbia, Sagbama and Kolokumo/Opokuma can be accessed by road.
On the sensitisation of the public on safety, Spiff urged the FRSC in Bayelsa to intensify efforts.
According to him, the importance of safety of lives and property to mankind could not be over-emphasised.
Responding to the development, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe, the State Sector Commander said the FRSC was committed to the maintenance of safer roads in the state.
On the establishment of waterways safety corps, Igwe described it as a “policy issue”.
“Yes, the traditional ruler thought about it but that was a policy issue; right here in Bayelsa, plans are underway to establish the Road Safety Corps in secondary schools across in the state. The aim is to inculcate in the young ones in school, some tips on safety,” he said.