30 May 2021 ByGeorgina Humphrey.
The Managing Director, Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa has commiserated with the people of Warrah, Ngaski Local Government area of Kebbi State over the unfortunate incidence of a boat accident that claimed the lives of over one hundred passengers.
This is contained in a statement signed by Head, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Nura Tanko-Wakili, in Abuja.
The statement describes the
incidence as devastating and advocated a concerted effort to avert future occurrence.
It states that the HYPPADEC Governing Council and the management are touched by the catastrophe and will soon convey a stakeholders consultative meeting to explore possible safety and control measures on maritime transportation in the area to address human factors contributing to the menace of boat accidents.
It also adds that the commission has secured the approval of the Governing Council to cut and evacuate tree trunks on some portions of River Niger, while consultations are ongoing with the National Inland Waterways Authority to crush big stones causing accidents on the waterways.
“All these are part of the Commission’s proactive measures to address incessant boat and canoe accidents on River Niger.”Alhaji Yelwa added.
According to the statement Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa, presented a cash donation of Three Million Naira to support families of the deceased and survivors recieving care at home and in hospitals.
The statement prays for the repose of the souls of the deceased and urged Riverine Communities to always observe safety measures while navigating the River.
Responding on behalf of their victims, the Chairman Ngaski Local Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Buhari Warrah and the District Head of Maginga, Alhaji Abdulmalik Nuhu thanked HYPPADEC for the timely visit and support to the victims.
They also expressed appreciation on the interventions, the commission intends to undertake to contain the menace, urging relevant authorities to ensure enforcement of safety guidelines on maritime transportation.
The HYPPADEC delagation comprised of Member representing Niger State on the Governing Council, Honourable Mika’il Al-Amin Bmitosahi, Member representing the Nothern States, Aminu Mohammed Ganda, Director Operations, Ilyasu Abdullahi and Director Legal Services, Jamil Jega.