Niger state governor, Babaginda Aliyu has announced a ban on the use of old boats in ferrying passengers across rivers in the state.
The ban which was announced today follows the boat mishap on Thursday, Oct. 3, which claimed 18 lives in Kokoli village of Agwarra Local Government Area.
"The action is intended to ensure that old and rickety boats do not continue to take valuable lives in the riverine communities”, the governor said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo.
The governor also directed operators of such ferry boats to provide life jackets to all passengers.
Aliyu assured the people of the state that other measures would be taken to ensure safe water transportation in the state.
The governor also condoled with families of the deceased who died in the recent boating accidents.