NBR governor urges boats owners to observe safety at sea

Friday, June 09, 2017

The chairperson of North Bank Regional Disaster Management Committee, Governor Ebrima KS Dampha, has underscored the need for stakeholders at the Barrà- Banjul crossing points to be vigilant in strengthening safety at seaand avoid over loading of boats.

Governor Ebrima KS Dampha was speaking to thispaper in Kerewan on Saturday at the ongoing maintenance works at ferry landing sites in Barra and Banjul by the Gambia Port Authority to enhance effective and efficient service delivery. 

 Governor Dampha called on the Gambia Navy and sea rescue officers to uphold to safety standards and ensure that passenger boats are sea worthy.

They should also ensure good life jackets are provided to all and also avoid over loading of passengers.

 He stressed the need for regular stakeholder meeting to map out challenges and prepare standard framework of improving sea safety and emergency respond strategy.

NBR Governor reiterated the need for proper testing and inspection of boats and engines to safe guard lives and livelihood and contributes to reduction of disasters at sea. 

For his part, Momodou BK Ceesay, Regional Disaster Management Coordinator noted that mitigating the effects of disasters calls for concerted and collaborative efforts of stakeholders.

He said effective coordination and response would enhance national disaster response and adaptation measures of averting disasters.

Ceesay used the moment to remind people at sea and fisher folks to always adhere to early warning messages by the National Weather Office on the radio and television.

However, due to proper arrangement and agreement with boats owners and operators, most people expressed the need for proper orientation of transporters in building customer relationship through efficient service delivery. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh