The Taraba State Government says no fewer than twenty corpses of victims of a recent boat mishap have been recovered.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Social Development, Saviour Noku disclosed this shortly after visiting the Binneri community alongside the State Deputy Governor where the boat capsized last Saturday.
The Deputy Governor, Aminu Alkali in an interview after an on-the-spot assessment banned night journeys on waterways and ordered that all barricades on the waterways be cleared within seven days.
Alkali emphasized that state government will not tolerate the overloading of boats or canoes, or movement without passenger manifests and life jackets.
The Deputy Governor said: ”Our visit here is to ensure three principal issues: to stop overloading, to ensure that there will be no more night travelling and the canoes or boats must have passengers manifest so that whatever happens we can easily identify one’s relations.
”They should also ensure they have life jackets for passengers for protection because not all persons can swim. The colossal loss witnessed in the state is regrettable and the government has directed that the barricades be removed within seven days.”