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HYPPADEC Distributes Over 10,000 Life Jackets To Boat Operators In Kebbi

The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC, has distributed over 10,000 life- jackets to boat operators as part of measures to reduce boat mishaps in Kebbi state.

Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq-Yelwa who stated this during the flag off of the distribution of the jackets in Yauri, Kebbi state said the agency had commenced training of local boat operators on the usage of modern safety technologies in rivers.

Sadiq-Yelwa assured that over 20,000 additional life- jackets would be distributed before the end of this year.

He also revealed that the commission had concluded arrangements to flag off a Youth Transformative Programme where over 5,000 youths from the affected communities in the six HYPPADEC states would be trained on various skills for self- reliance.

The MD commended the Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammad Zayyanu, Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashir and other traditional rulers and the state government for their contributions in ensuring the success of the commission’s programmes in the state.

In his remarks, the Emir of Yauri, Dr. Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi, thanked the commission for assisting the boat operators and initiating programmes to make youths become self- reliant in the area.

Also speaking, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan, explained that the state government, three years ago procured about 15 speed boats in order to assist in water transportation in the state.

Earlier, Mr. Yusuf Birma, Yauri Area Manager, Nigeria Inland Water Ways, commended the commission and the state government for complementing their efforts in securing the waterways in the state.

By Junaidu Sani

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