President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed sadness over the boat mishap, which occurred in Kwara State, claiming many lives.
The boat accident, according to police, led to the death of 103 people who were wedding guests at Egbu village in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
Reacting to the sad news, Tinubu, in a statement by Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director of Information, State House, said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of our people in Kwara State.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of our people in Kwara State. That the victims were guests at a wedding ceremony made the unfortunate accident more painful.
“My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of victims of the tragic mishap. I also sympathise with the government and people of Kwara State over the accident. May all loved ones find comfort,” the President prayed.
While urging the Kwara State Government and relevant Federal Government agencies to look into the circumstances surrounding the boat accident, President Tinubu promised that his administration would look into the challenges of inland water transportation in the country to ensure the matter of safety and operational standards are strictly adhered to.
“The Kwara State Government and relevant federal agencies should work together to unravel the immediate and remote causes of this unfortunate accident. Immediate relief and necessary assistance should also be provided to the survivors and families of victims,” the President said.