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July 16, 2024

Tinubu orders investigation into boat accidents in Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu has ordered an investigation into recurring boat accidents in the country.

The president gave the instruction to maritime safety authorities following two recent boat accidents in Adamawa and Niger states that claimed the lives of many.

Recall that at least 24 persons died after a boat capsized in Gbajibo, Mokwa area of Niger, on Sunday.

In Njuwa Lake, Rugange village, Yola South LGA of Adamawa, eight individuals lost their lives, and seven others were declared missing following a boat mishap.

The president, while condoling with the families of the deceased, wished those who were injured in the incidents a speedy recovery.

Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday.

“The President directs 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.

“President Tinubu underscores 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 assures the affected families and communities of the government’s continued support and his commitment to the prevention of such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.”

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