The Association of Tourists Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) has appointed two Special Advisers to help deepen the running of the organization and in same breath, sent out warning signals to registered members who ignore distress calls from fellow operators in course of accidents or operational difficulties.
Those appointed to help ATBOWATON President, Dr. Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun to recalibrate the foremost private sector are Mr Tope Fajimirokun and Mr Joseph Philip.
Mr. Fajimirokun who is also the Badagry chapter chairman of the association, takes up additional responsibility as Special Advisor to ATBOWATON National President on inter government relationship and labour matters, while Engineer Joseph Philip, will henceforth process all national security issues on waterways, advice and guide the National President, Dr Gani Tarzan Balogun.
All appointments are of immediate effect. To also check the unhealthy breakdown of boat operation ethics, President of the association, said violators of international maritime organization (IMO) Save Our Soul distress call from any boat in trouble, will face serious sanctions, not ruling out expulsion from the association as a last punitive measure.
Rising from a meeting with the Board of Trustees, in Badagry over the weekend and attended by Frank Meke (BOT), representing others and Lagos chapter, chairman, Alhaji Babatunde Lawal, President of the association, Dr Tarzan Balogun disclosed that he needed the help of the two new appointees to chart new areas of ATBOWATON national operations in order to serve members well and to also enthrone democratic engagements expected of a national body like ATBOWATON.