BREAKING!! Over 100 Missing As Boat Capsizes In Nigeria
About 180 persons were said to have been aboard the boat which capsized 30 minutes after taking off from Loko Mina in Niger State.
Speaking on the development, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who described the incident as unfortunate sympathized with the families, relatives, and close associates of those who died in the mishap.
The Victims, most of whom are traders were said to be heading to a market in Kebbi State when the accident took place.
Authorities say search and rescue operations are ongoing. As at the time of filing this report, 20 persons were said to have been rescued with the bodies of four others recovered from the deep.
Earlier, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga told Channels Television via telephone that local swimmers had been employed to carry out rescue missions in the area where the boat upturned.
Cases of boat mishaps in Niger State have been on the rise in recent years.
Between 2019 and 2020, at least 50 people lost their lives on the Malale River following incidents of boat mishaps.
In April 2021, a boat carrying over 70 passengers, mostly farmers and traders also capsized on a river at Zumba in Munya Local Government Area of the State, leaving scores dead.
It’s Unfortunate Ayade Left After Encouraging Me To Rejoin PDP — Donald Duke
Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River state, says he returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2020.
Duke, who served as governor for eight years on the platform of PDP, left the party in 2018 to contest for the presidential election under the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
He had said he left the PDP because the “umbrella was breaking”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Duke said Ben Ayade, governor of the state, urged him to return to the PDP, adding that it was unfortunate the governor defected from the party.
Duke added that the party needs to rebuild its structure for young aspirants to take over the mantle of leadership.
Rotate Governorship Position Among Senatorial District — BRM
The Benue Rebirth Movement (BRM) has called for constitutional amendment to provide for the rotation of the position of Governor among Senatorial Districts in a state. According to a statement signed by Hon. Joseph Ode, Public Relations Officer of BRM, the call is to ensure balanced and equitable sharing of political power that will give every component of every state a sense of belonging as well as reduce political tension, rivalry and conflict.
The call was contained in the BRM’s presentation, delivered by its National Coordinator, AVM Monday Morgan, during the North Central Zonal Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, on Wednesday, May 26, in Jos, Plateau State.
He was accompanied by the BRM Secretary, Chief Eche Ijiga and Media Relations Officer, Hon. Joseph Ode.
BRM which is a nonpolitical and non-confrontational organization established to promote ethnic minority integration and inclusiveness in governance in Nigeria, according to AVM Morgan, does not subscribe to the call for Sovereign National Conference or Referendum but welcomes restructuring which will remove or reduce all the vestiges of exclusion.
The National Coordinator said: “BRM, in the light of its call for equal opportunity, national integration and inclusiveness in governance, strongly recommends an amendment to the constitution to make the governorship position rotational among the three Senatorial Districts of a state after a two-year reign in any particular District.”
Closely related to its views on rotation of the governorship is BRM’s recommendation for constitutional backing for the existence of the six geopolitical zones of Northeast, Northwest, North central, Southeast, Southwest and Southsouth, not as a tier of government but for purposes of power shift, inclusive governance as well as coordination of social and economic development, security and other issues of common interest.
The Movement also lent its support to the agitation for the creation of Apa State out of the present Benue state “to foster ethic minority integration and inclusiveness in governance by guaranteeing equal opportunities and access to high offices of the state and to allow development at the grassroots.”
Other highlights of BRM’s submission include support for absolute financial autonomy for Local Governments, promotion of gender equality, immunity for the President and Governors, support for comprehensive judicial and electoral reforms as well as provision for ‘State of Residence’ to accord full rights to non-indigenes resident in a state for at least 20 years.
BRM’s position also includes the rejection of state police in favour of encouraging the states to establish independent security outfits for purposes of intelligence gathering to supplement the activities of the police at the level of the states. “In that wise, the likes of Amotekun in the Southwest and the Lifeguards in some states of North Central geopolitical zone should be given constitutional backing.”