From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi
Zamfara state Governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle has donated N30 million to the victims family of the boat mishap which occurred at Warrah town in Ngaski local government area of Kebbi state.
Matawalle,who made the donation on Saturday during his condolence visit to Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu at Government house, Birnin Kebbi described the death of the victims as unfortunately.
“Your Excellency, this unfortunate incident has been happening to the people of that area and I known you have been doing your best so that the people of the area are protected from this kind of mishap. But God loves them more than all of us and God has the reason for taken their lives at this time.
” The only thing, your Excellency,we can say to you is to take heart,and condole your Excellency, the Emir of Yauri and the families of the deceased.
“On behalf of the Zamfara State Government, your Excellency, with this tough time we are facing, Zamfara state government has donated N30 million to the victims family, to be used to buy food stuff for them”.
Matawalle, also commended Governor Bagudu for his remarkable achievement on agriculture, especially on rice production stressed that, he was trying to emulate him on how to bring people closer to the government.
In his response, Governor Bagudu who appreciated the gesture and condolence visit of Zamfara state Governor, informed him that the victims of the boat mishap were coming from a village call Loko-Minna ,going to Warrah town in Ngaski local government area of Kebbi state.
He disclosed that, as at Friday, 22 survivors were rescued live while 76 corpses have been retrieved from the river.
” The incident that happened in Warrah involved a boat that carried unspecified number of people. But they are upward of 150 left a place call Loko-Minn in Niger state to Warrah which is about one and half hours or two hours.
“Bulk of River Niger Lake is in Warrah not in Niger state. Unfortunately, this boat carried alot of people when they left Loko-Minna around 7am and about 8:15am to 8:20am,the boat broken and 22 survivors were rescued.. As at yesterday (Friday), 76 bodies have been recovered including a number of them from Zamfara state village call Bukkuyum”.
Bagudu added that,many of the travellers that are using Warrah river route to Loko-Minna were Artisanal Miners while those women and girls involved were food vendors who usually go there to sell food to them.