The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has expressed deep sorrow over the distressing boat mishap that occurred in Anambra and claimed the lives of Eight passengers.
In a statement by the NIWA General Manager of Corporate Communication, Jibril Dardua noted that the incident happened at Umumu Anam, Anambra West LGA of Anambra State between Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of January, 2024, around 7 am.
Dardau conveyed NIWA’s sadness, revealing that the incident involved a passenger boat traveling from Idah in Kogi State to Onitsha in Anambra State.
He noted that following the receipt of the distressing report, NIWA swiftly deployed its marine department personnel for rescue, recovery, and comprehensive investigation.
Preliminary reports from NIWA highlighted that the wooden engine boat collided with an obstacle in the water channel, causing it to capsize with approximately 50 passengers on board. Tragically, eight individuals lost their lives at the scene, while 38 others were rescued promptly.
Dardua conveyed NIWA’s ongoing efforts in the recovery process, promising detailed updates once field officers report back to headquarters.
Expressing heartfelt condolences, he extended sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, offering prayers for the repose of their souls.
Furthermore, Dardua assured the public of NIWA’s relentless commitment to ensuring safer inland waterways for the smooth movement of people and goods.