…As Tambuwal promised motor boats, hackets
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
A boat mishap yesterday claimed 13 lives in Ginga village, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The boat capsized when 18 Ginga villagers were sailing to Doruwa village.
The chairman of Shagari the council, Aliyu Dantani Shagari confirmed the incident in today in Sokoto.
“Of the 18 people, eight women and five men died while five people survived,” the chairman said.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal while condoling people of the area, prayed Allah to grant the deceased Jannatul firdausi.
He said henceforth, marine travelers in the state will have to wear life jackets and embark on their journeys in motor boats instead of dug-out canoes.
He directed the state ministry for local government, headed by the state Deputy Governor, Manir Muhammad Dan’Iya, who accompanied him during the condolence visit, in collaboration with the state emergency relief agency, to provide motor boats and life jackets to the local government areas of the state where passengers have to cross rivers, lakes and ponds.
He said the facilities will be distributed to people living in riverine areas in the state since the raining season has started.
Statement issued by Muhammad Bello Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governoralso stated that the governor charged people to always take precautionary measures while being transported by boats.
Also, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has described the deaths of 13 persons as a result of a boat mishap, in Doruwa village, Shagari Local Govenrment of Sokoto State,as very shocking and saddening.
Wamakko who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Defence said the boat conveying the deceased persons , including women, children and the elderly, was said to be traveling from Doruwa to Ginga , Shagari Local Govenrment, Thursday evening, when it was said to have capsized.
A statement issued by Bashir Rabe Mani, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity,to the
Senator said the 13 recovered dead bodies had since buried according to Islamic rites , same day.