Minna – Gov Babangida Aliyu of Niger, in Minna on Sunday announced a ban on the use of old boats in ferrying passengers across rivers in the state.
The order followed the boat mishap on Thursday, Oct. 3, which claimed 18 lives in Kokoli village of Agwarra Local Government Area.
“The action is intended to ensure that old and rickety boats do not continue to take valuable lives in the riverine communities”, the governor said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo.
Aliyu said the state Ministry for Transportation had been directed to monitor the boat operators and ensure full compliance with all safety standards.
The governor also directed operators of such ferry boats to provide life jackets to all passengers.
Aliyu assured the people of the state that other measures would be taken 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 loss, and to grant the deceased eternal rest.