Kwara boat accident: WABOTAN expresses sadness over mishap, promises to train Kwara boat operators

Kwara boat accident: WABOTAN expresses sadness over mishap, promises to train Kwara boat operators


The National President, Comrade Babatope Fajemirokun and members of the Waterfront Boat Owners and Transporters Association of Nigeria Waters (WABOTAN) have expressed sadness over the boat mishap that occured at the Pategi Local Government Area of Kwara State, where over 100 people lost their lives.

Comrade Fajemirokun also known SIMTOP and the members

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In a release signed by the National Public Relations Officer of WABOTAN, Chief Raymond Gold Onoriobe, the group condoled the families of victims as well as the people of Kwara state over the painful incident.

Part of the statement read, “As stakeholders in the water transport sector in Nigeria, we have been committed to playing our role in the needed efforts to transform the water transport sector and the strict adherence to safety and security measures to forestall such mishaps.

“This has formed part of our core objectives which is, training and retraining of boat captains and deck hands, to build capacity and ensure safety and security on our waterways.

“This training, which we usually do in collaboration and partnership with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, has contributed to Lagos State recording immense improvement on safety on her waterways.

“Our next capacity building and safety training program comes up this November in Lagos and we are making efforts to extend this training to Kwara State and other States across the country where water transportation has been embraced as a means of moving people and goods from one place to another.

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“Once again, our heart felt condolences to the affected families, ” it stated.

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