Ibrahim Oyewale in Lokoja
The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, has expressed shock over the boat mishaps that occurred at Gurin River, a surburb of Fufore Local Government Area, Adamawa State and a river in Gbajibo, Mokwa of Niger State.
Moghalu sympathised with the families of the dead and the injured, stressing that the incident is more disheartening as some of the victims on board were reportedly heading for farming activities.
He commended the life-saving work of the first responders, local divers and police marine at the scene of the incident, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery and success on the search and rescue of some missing passengers on the capsized boat.
The NIWA boss reiterated the commitment of the Authority to ensure that all transporters adhere strictly to safety regulations on the nation’s waterways, emphasizing the need for the people in the riverine communities travelling by boats and canoes to use live jackets and avoid overcrowded boats.
Moghalu prayed that the Almighty God will comfort the grieving relations at this very difficult time.