The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Waterfronts Infrastructures and that of Tourism and Culture have been urged to work with relevant ministries and agencies and come up with the necessary regulations for safety in the beaches and hotels in the state.
In moving this motion on the floor of the House on Monday, June 20, 2016 during plenary, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh referred to the death of two undergraduate students of the University of Lagos; Sola Ogunmefun and Olubunmi Odusina, who lost their lives in Elegushi Beach on June 5, 2016.
Jimoh, who is the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, emphasised that beaches in the state should be safe for people so that they could attract visitors to the state, adding that measures should be put in place to safeguard the beaches.
“Gadgets should be put in place in our beaches. We have a regulation that should be obeyed. If the regulations are put in place, we will tell the world that we are ready to receive visitors,” he said.
Contributing to the issue, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the issue should not be limited to beaches, but that it should cover hotels.
He stated that the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructures and that of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture should come together to prevent a re-occurence of the incidents as he said that a policeman lost his life somewhere in the swimming pool of a hotel in Lekki/Ajah axis of the state.
“They should come up with a regulation to monitor the beaches in the state. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture should provide equipments to monitor hotels and beaches to ensure safety,” he said.
Also speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu said that a regulation was brought to the House to regulate the activities of the operators of the beaches, while Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho advised that a sensitization programme could be organised to educate the people on the danger in the beaches, especially, when the tide is strong.