The Speaker of the House of Representatives Dr Tajudeen Abbas, has expressed sadness over the recent boat accidents across the country, killing tens of people.
Reacting specifically to the incidents in Adamawa and Niger States, the Speaker called for collective efforts by both the government and the boat operators towards safeguarding the lives and properties on Nigerian waterways.
He condemned a situation where water transportation, which serves as an alternative to road and rail for the movement of people and goods, is now recording mishaps.
Dr Abbas therefore, urged the relevant authorities to consider a review of the operational standards, while seeking strict adherence to all safety measures by both the boat operators and the passengers.
The Speaker, while praying for the repose of the lost souls, commiserated with the families of the victims, the people, and the government of Niger and Adamawa States over the unfortunate incidents.