The Benue State Government has sympathised with families of victims of the boat accident that happened on River Katsina-Ala in Benue State.
A boat carrying over 20 passengers and up to 17 motorcycles left Logo Local Government around 8 pm on Wednesday and capsized at the Buruku crossing point of River Katsina-Ala.
Governor Samuel Ortom, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor (SAN), visited the scene of the incident on Thursday along with the Chairmen of Buruku and Logo local government areas, some commissioners and special advisers.
He described the boat accident as unfortunate and painful, recalling that a similar incident had claimed 17 lives five years ago.
The governor called on the Federal Government to construct a bridge across the Buruku axis of River Katsina-Ala in order to prevent the loss of more lives.
Stressing that both he and his deputy, Benson Abounu, “are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident”, the governor promised that the state government “will ensure that the victims are given the necessary support”.
“Our appeal is that the Federal Government should construct a bridge here at the Buruku crossing point of River Katsina-Ala to put an end to the frequent loss of lives,” he added.
The bodies so far recovered have been moved to the morgue of General Hospital Buruku with the state government promising to assist in the burial.
Terngu Iorhuna from Logo, who spoke on behalf of the affected communities, thanked the governor for his prompt response, saying the people of the area were consoled by his visit.