NIWA says the Kwara boat mishap was caused by lack of safety jackets and overloading of passengers.
The Management, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has blamed a lack of adherence to safety procedures and overloading as factors responsible for the Kwara boat mishap over the weekend.
In a statement by the general manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, Tayo Fadile, on Tuesday, the authority said a report from the area office.
It was glaring that the Kwara boat mishap occurred because safety jackets were not provided for the students.
The search is still on going as some bodies have not been found.
Mr. Fadile said the authority sympathizes with the government and people of Kwara State on the boat mishap in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area of the State.
“Information made available to us by NIWA Area Manager in Minna who covers Kwara State, Surveyor Abubakar M. Wathanafa visited the site of the boat mishap confirmed that twelve (12) people lost their lives, while two (2) were rescued and search and rescue efforts is still ongoing by the combined team of NIWA, Marine Police, Fire Service and Local divers.
“The Area Manager attributed the cause of the accident on failure to adhere to NIWA Safety guidelines which include overloading of the boat, using the dilapidated and old boat and failure to use life jackets by the passengers. We will like to use this medium to appeal to the general public especially river users to strictly adhere to NIWA safety guidelines.”
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