A full and thorough probe into the tragic recurrence of fatal boat occurrences across the country has been demanded by President Bola Tinubu.
This was stated in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja by Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s special adviser on media and publicity.
Insisting that stringent safety regulations and enforcement be put in place for all boating operations in the nation, Tinubu warned that government agencies would be held accountable for any regulatory or safety shortcomings.
The president issued a directive to several government organizations, including law enforcement, marine safety, and transportation safety authorities, encouraging them to work together to determine the root causes of these regrettable and avoidable disasters.
Tinubu sent his sincere condolences to the families of those who perished in the most recent boating accidents in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger and Gurin village, in Fufore LGA of Adamawa.
“The President directs various government agencies, including law enforcement, maritime safety and transportation safety authorities to collaborate closely in identifying the root causes of these unfortunate and preventable disasters.
“President Tinubu underscores his commitment to holding government agencies accountable for any regulatory or safety lapses and further instructs a comprehensive review of safety measures and strict enforcement of existing laws on boating activities in the country,” Ngelale.
He expressed solidarity with the governments and people of Niger and Adamawa as they mobilized emergency response teams and volunteers to provide assistance to victims of the incidents
Tinubu wished those injured in the incidences a most speedy recovery, assuring the affected families and communities of the government’s continued support in this trying period.
“The President assures the affected families and communities of the government’s continued support and his commitment to the prevention of such tragic incidents from occurring in the future,” the statement added.
A boat, on Monday, capsized in a river in Gurin of Fufore Local Government Area, Adamawa State with many people on board.
Similarly, 26 bodies were recovered while 44 are still missing after a boat capsized in a river between the Jebba and Kainji dams in Mokwa Local Government of Niger on Sunday.