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  • Updated: January 08, 2024

Anambra boat mishap regrettable, unfortunate — NIWA

Anambra boat mishap regrettable, unfortunate — NIWA

The leadership of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has described the Anambra boat mishap as regrettable and unfortunate.

NIWA commiserated with the friends and families of the eight passengers who lost their lives in the incident which occurred in Umumu Anam, Anambra West local government area, Anambra State between January 4 and 5, 2024.

This was contained in a condolence message signed by the GM Corporate Affairs, NIWA, Jibril Darda’u and made available to journalists on Sunday.

According to the statement, the passenger boat carrying 50 passengers on board was travelling from Idah in Kogi State to Onitsha in Anambra State when the sad incident occurred.

"The National Inland Waterways Authority is aware that the sad incident involved a passenger boat travelling from Idah in Kogi state to Onitsha in Anambra state.

"Upon the receipt of the sad report, relevant personnel from the marine department were deployed for rescue, recovery, and proper investigation.

"Preliminary reports indicated that the wooden engine boat rammed into a snag on the water channel and capsized with about 50 passengers on board. From the records, 8 persons were confirmed dead at the scene, while 38 others were rescued immediately.

"The recovery efforts are ongoing and the Authority will provide detailed information to the public as soon as the field officers report back to the headquarters.

"The Authority sincerely commiserates with the friends and families of the deceased and prayed to God to rest their souls.

"In the meantime, we want to reassure the general public that NIWA is doing everything possible to ensure safer inland waterways for the movement of people and goods across our inland waterways."

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