WORRIED by the recent deaths of two postgraduate students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in one of the beaches in the state, Lagos State government, on Wednesday, warned beach operators in the state to adhere strictly to the safety regulations guiding their operations.
Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Mr Ade Akinsanya, gave this warning, saying defaulters would be appropriately sanctioned.
Akinsanya, who described as unfortunate the incident at the Elegushi Beach, which claimed the lives of Adeshola Ogunefun and Olufunmilayo Odusina, both Postgraduate students of the UNILAG, said the incident could have been averted if safety measures were put in place.
He said operators of beaches and other public spaces earmarked for leisure must give priority attention to safety measures that would prevent avoidable mishaps.
“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.
“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,” he added.