The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with local divers, the agency confirmed on Monday.
According to the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the MoU is aimed at curbing incidents on Lagos waterways.
Oke-Osanyintolu explained that with the MoU in place, local divers would be strategically positioned in places where they can watch areas identified as ‘flashpoints’ where unpleasant incidents tend to occur in the waterways.
Surveillance teams, he said, are also being mobilised for areas around Oworonsoki and Third Mainland Bridge.
“We, as an agency, have put in place a surveillance team along our major waterways,” he said, adding that the agency had recorded some successes.
“We have a surveillance unit in place around our waterways, we have MOUs with the local divers, they should be vigilant; when they notice such incidents, they should quickly respond and they should inform us.
“We have been seeing success rate because we have been rescuing some people.
“We have also made efforts to identify other areas through the local divers and their various associations.
“The local divers ply all waterways and the lagoons and they have associations. They are watching.
“We have watchers on all our waterways and they are monitoring our waterways regularly,” he said.