*Says 8 rescued
By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has commiserated with the families of victims of the River Njuwa boat mishap which occurred on Friday.
The governor described the accident as unfortunate and a big loss to the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Humeashi Wonosikou states that the governor was deeply shaken over the sad incident.
He said, “These were petty traders in search of livelihood whose lives were cut short.
“I have directed my deputy to visit and assess the situation for prompt assistance to the families of the affected persons”, he stated.
The passenger boat was said to be travelling from Rugange village to Yola town when the incident occurred at about 11 am after encountering a violent storm.
“I am out of the state attending a crucial meeting of the North East Governors forum in Maiduguri, but my heart is with the families of the affected and the entire State during this period of mourning and pray Allah grant us the fortitude to bear the loss,” the governor stated.
While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Fintiri has assured that the state government would not relent in coming up with policies and programmes aimed at ensuring safety on the waterways.
Meanwhile, the state government has confirmed the rescue of eight persons as rescue operations continue.
New Nigerian reports that the Ill fated boat was ferrying 23 across River Njuwa when the accident happened as a result of a heavy storm.
Our reporter learnt that the boat with carrying capacity of 15 persons, was overloaded with people and their goods.