Bayelsa boat mishap: Sylva laments, calls for better regulation of maritime transport

Yenagoa—Former Bayelsa Governor and immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources has expressed shock and sadness over Thursday’s boat accident that occurred in the state.

The boat was en route to Okpoama, Brass, from Yenagoa when it capsized along the Okoroma waterways in Nembe Local Government Area, resulting in the loss of many lives and valuable goods.

In a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Julius Bokoru, on Sunday, Sylva said the incident happened at the wrong time and sent prayers to the families of the victims of the incident.

He stated that “there are scarcely fit enough words in an attempt to console the families of the victims.

“This tragedy chose an inauspicious time to come and while it is difficult, we must let the families know that we love them and we have them in our prayers.”

Sylva, who is also an aspirant in the April 14th Bayelsa gubernatorial primary election, bemoaned what he described as a recent trend of marine accidents across the state; calling for better regulation of the state’s waterways by relevant authorities to forestall further boat mishaps.

“Sylva commended Bayelsans for bonding together in a common march of humanity as everyday people took fishing boats and volunteered for the ongoing search and rescue efforts,” the statement added.

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