President Bola Tinubu has expressed grief over the death of 41 people in three separate boat mishaps in Niger and Adamawa states within three days.
The mishaps occurred on September 9 in Njuwa Lake in Yola, Adamawa State, September 10 in Mokwa of Niger State, and September 11 in Gurin, Fufore area of Adamawa State.
He extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the boat mishaps.
Among those who lost their lives in the unfortunate tragic incident included children.
While expressing solidarity with the governments and people of Niger and Adamawa States as they swiftly mobilized emergency response teams and volunteers to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the incidents, the President wishes a most speedy recovery to those who were injured.
Tinubu also directed that a thorough and comprehensive investigation should be carried out to unravel the reason behind the recurring tragedy of fatal boat incidents across the nation.
The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, further directed various government agencies, including law enforcement, maritime safety and transportation safety authorities to collaborate closely in identifying the root causes of these unfortunate and preventable disasters.
Tinubu underscored his commitment to holding government agencies accountable for any regulatory or safety lapses and further instructs a comprehensive review of safety measures and a strict enforcement of existing laws on boating activities in the country.
The President assured the affected families and communities of government’s continued support and his commitment to the prevention of such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.