Bauchi State House of Assembly lawmakers on Tuesday suspended plenary over the boat mishap that claimed many lives in Kirfi Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker immediately led a delegation of the legislators to Kirfi and commiserated with the people of the local government and the state in general.
Speaking at Kirfi Local Government Secretariat and Palace of the District Head of Kirfi, Rt. Hon Abubakar Suleiman said they were shocked to receive the tragic news of the mishap that killed many people which he described as national tragedy. He said immediately after receiving the news the house suspended its sitting to honour the deceased and pay sympathy visit to the area.
The speaker after condoling the people of Kirfi, assured the Chairman Caretaker Committee and District Head of Kirfi that the house will do everything humanly possible to give legislative intervention to people of Kirfi LG who have to cross many rivers for their day to day activities to get government’s intervention at both state and national levels.
After donating money to victims and family of the deceased, he assured that Bauchi Assembly will contact all relief agencies to bring relief materials to the victims in earnest.
Responding, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Kirfi LG Alhaji Abdu Bappa Bara thanked the Speaker for the visit. He explained that about 31 people were on board when the boat capsized in the river and only 12 people were rescued while others drown.
He added that so far only four dead bodies have been recovered while they engage in man-search for others people who drowned in the river. The chairman urged the lawmakers and Bauchi State Government to provide access roads to the communities as many people are dying annually while crossing rivers.
Also speaking, member representing Kirfi Constituency Hon Abdulkadir Umar Dewu commended the human feeling and kind gesture of the speaker and his colleagues to the people of Kirfi LG.
Meanwhile, the speaker has paid a condolence visit to Sarkin Alkaleri Alhaji Muhammad Abdulkadir over the demise of his wife. He described the deceased as mother whose loss is irreparable to all people of the state. Rt. Hon. Suleiman prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
Responding, the monarch thanked the speaker and his colleagues for the visit which he described as honour to all people of Alkaleri Local government.
It could be recalled that a boat conveying about 30 people to a market place capsized on Monday in Kirfi LG , where 3 victims were confirmed dead with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries.