The Nigeria Aquatic Federation, in conjunction with Lagos State Safety Commission and Darkfaces Production, at the weekend, unveiled a campaign aimed at curbing deaths in swimming pools and beaches.
The awareness safety programme, which will train more lifeguards to protect people from getting drowned, according to the Aquatic Federation, will start officially on December.
The Federation said a series of training sessions has been scheduled to teach lifeguards from different organisations the modern rudiments of saving lives in the water.
Speaking at the programne, president of Nigeria Aquatic Federation, Chief Chinonye Aliyu, said the body is putting plans in place with the Lagos State Safety Commission to ensure owners of swimming pools and public water facilities enforce strict safety regulations.
“My heart bleeds when people die in swimming pools and beaches. This is why the Federation is starting a safety campaign by training more lifeguards to protect our waters.
“We urge all organisations to send their representatives to be trained on how to protect people from drowning in the water.
“There are credible professionals to perform the training. The international body cannot train all Nigerians… they only train some number of people and it is now left for the Federation to train more people in the country ,” she said.
Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, assured that the body would work with the Federation to ensure safety in swimming pools and beaches.
“The Lagos Safety Commission is in full support of the campaign on safety in the state’s water ways.
“We will bring out laws meant to control safety in the swimming pools and beaches. More signs will be erected around pools and beaches to prevent deaths,” he said.