National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has attributed the cause of boat accident that took place on Saturday December 1, 2018 at Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area of the State to failure to adhere to NIWA Safety guidelines.
The safety guideline includes overloading of the boat, using dilapidated and old boat and failure to use life jackets by the passengers.
The authority however commiserated with the government and people of Kwara State on the recent boat mishap.
NIWA Area Manager in Minna who covers Kwara State, Surv. Abubakar M. Wathanafa visited the site of the boat mishap and confirmed that twelve (12) people lost their lives, while two (2) were rescued and search and rescue efforts is still ongoing by the combine team of NIWA, Marine Police, Fire Service and Local divers.
The authority appeals to the general public especially river users to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines. The present Management is working hard to ensure that such unfortunate incidents are reduce to the barest minimum.
NIWA continues to encourage boat users to use modern and safe water transportation mode on waterways.