Seven irrigation farmers were reported to have died in a boat accident in Lafia LGA, Nasarawa State.
Naijauto gathered that the incident happened in Gwayaka River, located at Lafia East Development Area. And it's coming just a year after four people lost their lives in a canoe accident in Ashangwa area of the same Lafia East Development Area.
The seven dead farmers were coming back from their farms on Friday evening when the tragedy occurred
An eyewitness said that the dead farmers were from Kano state and that they were coming back from their respective farms on Friday evening when the tragic incident occurred.
The canoe was paddled by one of the passengers
He told local media that the canoe had over 20 passengers on board which was an overload for it. So, the paddler objected to the number and pleaded that some should come out to reduce the number, so he could be able to paddle them across and come back for the remaining farmers. The plea was said to have fallen on deaf ears as they all wanted to cross since it has already started getting dark.
"The paddler out of anger abandoned the canoe, then one of the passengers started paddling it across the river, suddenly the canoe capsised in the middle of the river in which seven of them were discovered missing while others came out alive."
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3 dead bodies found, the other 4 still missing
As at the time of this report, only three bodies have been recovered out of the seven. Meaning that four are yet to be found.
The headman of the Lafia East Development Area, in the person of Shuaibu Dahiru Zanwa, confirmed the unfortunate accident, saying that efforts to recover the other four victims were in full swing. He also added that the communities cited along the river bank and village heads will meet together to discuss how to prevent future occurrence of boat mishap.
Waterway transportation is the least used mode of transportation in Nigeria and there hasn't been any concrete plan by the various states in the country to develop it as a viable transportation channel. However, the incessant gridlock experienced by Lagosians has spurred the Lagos State government to provide alternative means for commuters through waterways.
Lagos State government provided alternative means of transportation for commuters through waterways
The past governor, Ambode, before leaving office, inaugurated the Bariga Waterfront Jetty to decongest the road and ease the movement of people in the area. The present administration led by Governor Sanwo-Olu is also towing the same line to use waterways as an alternative means of transportation. One such move is the Lagos State Ferry service (LAGFERRY) which is set to commence operations this month.
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