The boat mishap occurred by Kiri Village in Munya local government area of Niger state, whereas the victims were traders and farmers from Kaduna State heading to the popular Kwata Market in Zumba , Shiroro local government area of Niger State.
Following the latest mishap in Niger and that which occurred earlier in Bagudo local government area of Kebbi state that may have cumulatively consumed over 100 lives, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and NIWA have expressed readiness to make water transportation safer and more viable in country.
From the chief of staff’s utterances, it took the latest mass death of water travellers in the state for the government to discover that all the boat operators in the state provide no life jackets for their passengers.
It is believed that with the office of NIWA in the state the issues concerning regulations and enforcement of inland water ways laws would not be a burden of the state government hence some of exclusive laws gave the control of water transportation to the relevant agencies of the federal government.
The chief of staff further disclosed that the state government will acquire the life jackets and give to boat operators at subsidized rates, pointing out that “when that is done, no operator will be allowed to carry passengers without protective jackets.”
The chairman, Governing Board of the NIMASA, Maj-General Jonathan Garba
in a statement signed by Adakole Ejegbud