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Emir carpets NIWA over ineptitude, as Gov. Bagudu pays condolence over boat mishap

Governor Abubakar Bagudu has paid a condolence visit to the Emir of Yauri, Dr. Zayyanu Abdullahi, over the recent boat mishap and outbreak of epidemic in the emirate.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Mua’azu Dakingari, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.
Scores of people were killed recently in a boat mishap and cholera outbreak in the emirate.
Dakingari quoted the governor as expressing concern over the frequent boat mishap and outbreak of epidemics in the state.
He, however, assured the emir that necessary measures would be taken to forestall further loss of lives in the state.
Responding, Abdullahi thanked the governor for the visit and attributed the last boat mishap to non-adherence to marine safety rules by an operator who had earlier received a warning of impending storm.
The emir also urged the governor to look into the issue of bad roads in Yauri, especially between Koko and Yauri, as well as the challenges of accessing potable water, electricity and medical services at the General Hospital.
Abdullahi further expressed concern over what he considered the nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways Authority to removing grasses, trees and stones in rivers, saying this was hindering effective water transportation.