The use of old boats to ferry passengers in Niger State across River Niger has been banned by the State governor Babangida Aliyu. The ban follows a mishap that claimed 18 lives in Kokoli village near Malale
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the governor, Danladi Ndayebo, said; “The action is intended to ensure that old and rickety boats do not continue to kill valuable lives in the riverine communities.”
The statement added that the Ministry of Transportation has already been directed to ensure full 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 transportation that every possible effort would be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives and other measures would be put in place to ensure safe water transportation in the state.
He prayed God to grant the families of the victims of the boat mishap the courage 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.