Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ghana: Dambai Boat Homeowners Cry for Life Jackets to Save Lives


Dambai — The shortage of lifejackets on boats is posing hazard to passengers travelling on the Oti River and Volta Lake.

In keeping with the Dambai Boat Homeowners Affiliation (BOA) within the Krachi-East Municipality of the Oti Area, lifejackets have been needed to save lots of lives within the occasion of a ship accident.

Talking in an unique interview at Dambai, the Chairman of BOA, Mr Daniel Kofi Tseki, appealed to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and philanthropists to assist present lifejackets for passengers within the Krachi-East Municipality, to guard lives on the 2 water our bodies which have been the one mode of transportation for the individuals in that a part of the nation.

He stated life jackets have been costly and troublesome to come back by and the boat homeowners within the Krachi-East Municipality couldn’t procure them for passengers.

In keeping with him, boats working within the municipality might carry between 50 and 75 individuals and it was financially out of attain for boat operators to acquire life jackets for passengers.

“The usage of boat is the one predominant technique of transportation within the Krachi-East space and that emphasises the necessity for philanthropists, the federal government and NGOs to assist procure lifejackets for passengers to make water transportation engaging and protected to the individuals always,” he stated.

Mr Tseki defined that regardless that the federal government had eliminated stubs within the Volta Lake, it didn’t assure complete security travelling on the lake and the rivers, as the one technique to defend lives was via the usage of lifejackets.

He introduced that there have been over 240 boats working within the space with out lifejackets, and that put the lifetime of passengers in danger, including that “As seat belts are necessary in automobiles, so is lifejackets for boats because it defend lives in case of accidents.”

Mr Tseki stated the elimination of stubs within the Volta Lake solely decreased the chance of accidents however that was not the one technique of catastrophe in water transportation.

He stated pure occurrences equivalent to storms remained a significant downside to transportation on the lake and the river, and the one technique to defend lives was by sporting lifejackets.

Mr Tseki defined {that a} huge boat, for example, carried 75 passengers and medium boats carried 50 passengers and a ship ought to have between 75 and 60 lifejackets for the passengers to assist defend lives when a storm hits a ship in excessive waters.