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Kebbi boat mishap: Senate donates N10m to victims’ family

By Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi

The leadership of the Senate has donated N10 million to families of victims of Warrah boat mishap in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

Senator Adamu Aliero, who led the Senate delegation, announced the donation in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, during their condolence visit to Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu over the boat mishap.

He noted that the donation would be given to Emir of Yauri Emirate, who will then give it out to the victims’ families. According to him, the Senate is deeply concerned by the unfortunate incident, and will ensure that measures are taken by the Nigerian Inland Water Ways to take away trunks and bursting rocks that could cause the perennial accidents.

He said: “We have lost many lives from 2003 to date and anytime the water recedes from the River Niger, we will not have this kind of accident. If these measures are taken, in addition to the one to be taken by HYPPADEC, we will drastically reduce the accident and provide succour to the people living along riverine areas.”

Earlier, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Uzor Orji Kalu, who delivered the resolution of the Senate on the incident, told Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu that the entire Senate members were shocked because of the incident. He explained that the Senate Leader, Dr. Abdullahi Yahyah moved a motion over the incident and was seconded by Senator Adamu Aliero.

According to him, the Senate in its wisdom decided to ask the national Inland Water Way to make sure that in the next budget, should provide money to make sure it removes the tree trunks and rocky areas in the river.

“On behalf of our Senate President, on whose endorsement we are here today and the three Senators from Kebbi State, we want to genuinely ask you to accept our condolences. May the soul of the deceased rest in perfect peace,” Senator Kalu said.

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