Safety & Security


Safety is the Lagos State Waterways Authority’s top priority. We provide clear and simple advice on safety guideline that helps make sure that our staff, stakeholders and customers have a safe day out when on or near the water.

As a part of our focus on safety, all craft must produce evidence of certification from the LASWA Safety Inspection Unit (S.I.U) for the seaworthiness and validity of documentation bi-annually. The Authority also works to ensure that all crew members of registered craft are properly kitted for safety.

Our staffs are trained in first aid and we make sure that all registered craft have first aid equipment on their vessel.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we also advise the public to take certain standard precautions; simple things like keeping an eye out for any warning notices that may be in force in an area and most importantly, always wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket when on or near the water.

For more detailed information on the Authority’s safety policy for operators, and the public, contact us on the email address and phone numbers provided on this website.


  1. Through the provision of patrol boats, LASWA maintains a strict regime of safety and security of the entire waterways network for benefit of all users. The patrol covers three zones, namely Lagos Central, Western and Eastern.
  2. Lagos Central Zone: Falomo, Mekuwen, CMS, Takwa Bay, Alex, Ijora, Elegbata. Oyinbo and Addax
  3. Western Zone: Mile 2, Coconut, Liverpool, Ojo-Alaba, Ekpome, Iya-Afin and Badagry
  4. Eastern Zone: Ikorodu, Bayeku, Langbasa, Ijede, Origin, Afboyi, Ejinrin and Epe.

LASWA’s Water Guards Corp supported by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) collectively patrols the entire waterways network on a daily basis. The Patrol Team has undertaken training in first aid, VHF radio, oil spill response, management and enforcement. They play a vital role in ensuring:

  1. All motorized vessels are registered with LASWA
  2. Safety of passengers at jetties/Terminal
  3. Rules and regulations are upheld at all times.
  4. No person shall enter or board any type of motorized vessel without wearing a life jacket
  5. Standardization of life jackets
  6. Education of passengers about important navigation and berthing issues
  7. No person shall defecate or dump refuse materials into the waterways
  8. Any type of vessel is not operated by a minor (under aged) on the waterways
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