Kano receives donation of ferry boat from NIWA
Kano State Government has unfolds plan to provide 3 Speed/Ferry Boats and Life Jackets for passengers taking the cross-channel ferry from Badau village to other communities in Bagwai town, Bagwai local government area.
The State Acting Governor Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna disclosed this while commissioning an 18 passenger capacity Ferry Boat donated by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) at Bagwai Local Government.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Acting Governor, Hassan Musa Fagge , on Saturday.
According to him…”the donation of the Ferry Boat demonstrates the federal government and NIWA’s concern and readiness to compliment the State Government’s effort of bringing succor to the rural communities.
Solacebase recalls that over 20 passengers, including pupils of Madinatu Islamiyya School in Bagwai Local Government Area of the state, died in a boat mishap, last November.
The boat capsized while on its way from Badau village to Bagwai town.
The deceased students were said to be on their way to attend Maulud, an Islamic celebration held annually to commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Over 40 passengers, including pupils of the Islamiyya School, were involved in the accident.
“I wish to also assure NIWA of our commitment of working together towards improving water transportation in Kano State Gawuna said”.
‘’While congratulating the people of Badau town for receiving the donation of the Boat, he also urged them to comply with all Ferry safety guidelines so as to avoid reoccurrence of boat mishaps,’’ the statement said.
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‘’The Area Manager of NIWA, Mal. Nasiru Maude said the donation of the 18 passenger capacity Ferry Boat was in furtherance of the agency’s commitment towards ensuring safety of water transportation in the country.’’
“This is part of our effort of ensuring protection of lives on the waterways he said”.
Mal.Maude however urged the Badau community to ensure they wear life jackets for their safety while on the ferry boat.
He also commended Kano State Government for its quick response during emergency situations on the waterways.