Terrible Boat Accident Claims The Lives Of 14 Women In Niger State, Nigeria
Fourteen women of the same family have died in two separate boat mishaps in the Munya local government area of Niger state.
Eleven of the women died while travelling from Dangunu village to Sarkinpawa while the remaining three lost their lives in the boat journey from Guni village to Sarkinpawa.
It was learnt that the disaster occurred when the women were returning from the farm last Monday evening when the boats in which they were travelling ran into stormy weather and capsized.
According to eyewitnesses two men who were in one of the boats were the only survivors as they could not rescue any of the women they were travelling with.
Some of the dead women were identified as Munau, Wara, Fiddausi, Zainab, Najaatu, Ikilima, Fatima, Ladidi, Balaraba and Hafsat.
The Police in Niger state has confirmed the incident describing it as unfortunate and sad.
Police Public Relations ASP Bala Elikana who spoke to newsmen said that the Marine police unit of the force in the area has been directed to furnish the office with details of the disaster.
The Marine Police according to Elikana has also been directed to educate boat owners and operators on the need to adhere to safety rules while sailing.
Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District in the state, Barrister David Umaru reacting described it as ‘shocking and unfortunate’, pointing out that the disaster has brought to the fore the sufferings and hardship of the people of the area as a result of the activities of the Shiroro hydro dam
Senator Umaru lamented the lack of motor able roads and bridges in the area adding that “this has shown the urgent need and necessity for the immediate takeoff of the Hydro Power Producing Areas Development commission’ HYPPADEC which was passed into law by the 7th National Assembly and assented to by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Courtesy of thisdaylive.com