BY IBRAHIM ABDULHAMID, NOVEMBER 13, 2023 | 02:47 PM
Taraba State Governor Agbu Kefas has expressed his deep sorrow following the recent boat mishap in Ibi, which claimed the lives of several people.
In a statement by Emmanual Bello, his spokesman earlier today, the governor described the incident as a "terrible tragedy" and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
The Ibi boat mishap occurred just weeks after another similar incident in Karim Lamido, which also resulted in the loss of lives.
Governor Kefas expressed his regret that the tragedies have occurred in quick succession.
According to some sources, the number of casualties is at least 15.
He assured the people of the state that the government is taking the matter seriously and is investigating the causes of the boat accidents, announcing that he will be personally visiting the affected areas to meet with local stakeholders and discuss ways to improve safety in the waterways transport sector.
He reiterated his commitment to making water transport safe for passengers and emphasized the importance of aqua tourism and investment to the state's economy, assuring that the government will be enforcing safety standards, phasing out old boats, and making the use of life jackets compulsory.
The government is also working to improve the quality of infrastructure in the waterways transport sector.
Governor Kefas has called on the people of Taraba State to be vigilant when using waterways transport. He urged them to only use boats that are properly maintained and operated by trained personnel.
He also called on boat operators to follow all safety regulations and to ensure that their passengers are wearing life jackets.
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