NIMASA DG Condole as 15 Travellers Perish in Katsina Boat Accident
By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh has expressed his condolences to the families of the 15 Travellers who died in Katsina in a boat accident.
Fifteen people reportedly died on Wednesday after a boat they were travelling in, capsized in Mai’adua LGA of Katsina state.
The NIMASA DG said he was absolutely disheartened to receive the news of the boat accident in Katsina State killing the 15 travellers.
“Yet another reminder that we must pay more attention to the safety of navigation in our inland waterways which spans over 26 states. My condolences to the families of the deceased” he wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Friday.
The 15 victims were reportedly buried on Thursday morning.
Present at the funeral was Yau Gwajo-Gwajo, Katsina commissioner for local government and emirates.
The commissioner, who offered condolences to the community, prayed for God to grant repose to the souls of the deceased.
He also presented relief materials to the family members of the deceased.
Meanwhile, the development comes days after a boat capsized in Sokoto state, leading to the death of more than 20 people.
The Sokoto incident occurred on April 12 on the Shagari river in Shagari LGA of the state.
Days before the boat accident in Sokoto, some residents of Niger state, said to be fleeing bandit attacks, drowned in river in Guni village located in Munya LGA of the state.
The incident, which occurred on March 30, led to the death of at least 20 persons.