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Governor Agbu Kefas has described the latest boat mishap at Ibi as a terrible tragedy, coming shortly after one of its kind at Karim Lamido. He condoled with the good people of Ibi and prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed.

Kefas said this occurrence is even more unfortunate coming on the heels of another tragic boat capsize in Karim Lamido that threw the state into mourning. He said the government was already on top of the situation as various investigations were underway to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the boat accidents in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Kefas said he would soon personally tour the affected areas with the aim of meeting with local stakeholders in the waterways transport sectors. He reiterated his earlier commitment to making water transport safe for passengers, noting that aqua tourism and investment is central to his overall economic agenda.

Relatedly, it would be recalled that Governor Kefas promptly mobilized a team led by the Deputy Governor to Karim Lamido after the tragedy that equally claimed many lives. The team, after meeting stakeholders, concluded that the government would be enforcing safety standards among other measures.

Governor Kefas said old boats would soon be phased out, and the use of life jackets made compulsory among other life-saving measures.

-Emmanuel Bello
Special Adviser Media and Digital Communications