Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (file photo)
Governor commends efforts to rescue victims
By Valentine Amanze
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has sympathized with the people of Zumba in Shiroro Local Government Area over a boat mishap that led to the loss of one person, animals and goods, recently.
The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the incident as tragic and unfortunate.
He expressed gratitude to the Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA) and other members of the riverine community for their swift response in rescuing most of the victims and the recovery of the body of the deceased.
He said, “This is really unfortunate for a large number of people to be involved in such disaster. However, thanks be to Allah for rescuing almost all of them except for one that died and his body had been recovered.”
While commiserating with the family members of the deceased and praying for quickly recovery of the injured, the governor directed relevant agencies to take necessary steps to avert a recurrence.
Recall that a boat carrying 24 persons including women, children, animals and goods capsized in the Zumba River on their way to Kwata Market in Zumba leading to the death of one person and another injured.
Twenty three people were however rescued alongside a cow.
Similarly, Governor Sani Bello commiserated with the people of Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area over a flood disaster that claimed one live and destroyed houses following consistent rains in the community recently.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and directed NSEMA to provide succour to the affected households.