President Bola Tinubu has commiserated with the families and friends of the 100 victims who lost their lives over the boat mishap which occurred in Kwara State.
He also directed the relevant authorities to “unravel the immediate and remote causes” of the accident and to provide immediate relief and assistance to the survivors and families of victims.
Tinubu’s condolence message is contained in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, titled ‘President Tinubu mourns victims of Kwara boat accident, orders a thorough investigation.’
The PUNCH reports that the boat accident killed over 100 persons who were wedding guests at Egbu village in Patigi Local Government Area of the state.
The President said: “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.”
He also sympathized with the government and the people of Kwara State over the accident. Praying that their loved ones find comfort in these trying times.
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.