The Lagos State Government has announced measures to enhance safety across public facilities, including beaches and swimming pools.

This is in response to recent drowning incidents in Lagos.

The directive emphasises adherence to the Lagos State Swimming Pool Regulations of 2021, aimed at safeguarding individuals engaging in water-related activities, both residents and visitors alike.

The Director General of the Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, in a Saturday statement made available to PUNCH Online, expressed concern over the alarming rise in drowning incidents and the loss of lives that has occurred in the past few weeks.

He noted that these events have occurred across various locations, including hotel swimming pools, beaches, and the lagoon.

On Wednesday, an accident occurred in Lagos, resulting in two adults being ejected from an 18-seater bus and falling into the Lagos lagoon.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Swimming Pool Regulations were established to create a sustainable safety culture and outline critical safety policies, standards, and practices.

“Key provisions include the presence of trained lifeguards, proper signage, incident reporting protocols, and restrictions on alcohol usage and fire around pool areas.”

He noted that all operators of public swimming facilities must comply with these regulations to prevent further incidences.

He said the government urges facility operators to “ensure the presence of certified lifeguards during operational hours.

“Display clear safety rules and emergency procedures.

“Conduct regular safety audits and maintenance checks. Provide appropriate safety equipment, including first-aid kits.

“Enforce strict adherence to safety guidelines by all patrons.

He declared that the Lagos State Government is taking proactive steps to enforce these regulations and will not hesitate to apply penalties to any facility found to be in violation.

On Friday, the Lagos State Police Command revealed that a total of seven persons drowned in different parts of the state this week.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, the deaths were recorded at hotel swimming pools, beaches and at the lagoon.