Jnr Pope: Anambra Assembly Orders Compulsory Use Of Life Jackets On Waterways

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The Anambra State Legislative Assembly has approved a resolution mandating the use of life jackets on water bodies within the state.

This decision was reached during a Tuesday, May 14 session following a motion presented under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Mr. Ikenna Ofodeme, the Majority Leader representing a specific constituency. Mr. Ofodeme highlighted the numerous lives lost due to passengers and boat operators neglecting to wear life jackets.

He emphasized the urgent need for regulations that enforce the use of life jackets to mitigate the risks faced by individuals utilizing water transportation services.

“Section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution stipulates that the protection of life and property remain the primary purpose of government.

“The safety of citizens utilising water transportation is of paramount importance too.

“Therefore, adequate provisions and distribution of certified life jackets be made to all maritime businesses with strict enforcement mechanisms to ensure proper usage by passengers and operators alike.

“There should also be public awareness to educate citizens on the importance of wearing life jackets during water transportation and the potential consequences of non-compliance,” he said.

The Speaker of the House, Dr Somtochukwu Udeze, said the safety of lives and property of the citizens is paramount to the government.

“The state Assembly calls on the state Governor to direct the Commissioner for Transportation and other relevant agencies to compel the compulsory use of life jackets on all waterways in the state to ensure safety of lives
,” he said.

The decision was made just a month after the tragic incident in which the well-known Nollywood actor, Paul Odonwodo, also known as Junior Pope, along with the movie crew members Abigail Frederick, Precious Oforum, and Joseph Anointing, lost their lives in Anam River, Anambra State.

Pete Edochie, a seasoned actor, has expressed his response to the tragic passing of his fellow actor, Junior Pope.
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