Boat Mishap: Governor Aliyu Bans Operation of Old Ferries

Babangida-AliyuGovernor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has banned the operation of old boats ferrying passengers across Niger River, following a mishap which claimed 18 lives in Kokoli village near Malale in the Borgu Local Government Area of the state where a similar fatal accident occurred a week ago.
“The action is intended to ensure that old and rickety boats do not continue to kill valuable lives in the riverine communities”, Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo said in a statement available to journalists in Minna on Sunday.
The statement said the Ministry of has already been directed to ensure compliance with all safety standards, including the use of life vests by all passengers.
Governor Aliyu assured the people of the state ,especially those involved with water that every possible effort would be to ensure that the right lessons are learnt the tragic loss of valuable lives and other measures would be put in place to ensure water in the state.
He prayed God to grant the families of the victims of the boat mishap the and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and to grant the deceased eternal rest.
Another boat mishap earlier in the state led to the death of about 42 people.

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