Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has distributed 1,000 life jackets to the residents of Patigi to prevent drowning and fatalities in case of a boat accident during water travel.
This is contained in a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Thursday, August 24, 2023.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq delivered the life jackets to Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Umar Bologi II, right after a meeting with first-class monarchs who updated him on security and the overall welfare of the people.
The Governor mentioned that a similar initiative will also be extended to Edu Local Government and other riverine regions, aiming to enhance safe water travel within the state.
“This is only a phase of donation of lifejacket to people of Patigi Local Government. We will also move to Edu Local Government to make sure we have adequate life-saving equipment for our people along the banks of River Niger and within the riverine communities in the state. It is a continuous process and health and safety issue concern being addressed,” he said.
The brief ceremony was attended by the state Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Jide Asonibare; Vice Chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs and Etsu Patigi Alhaji Umar Bologi II;
Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye; Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismaila Yahaya Alebiosu; Emir of Kaiama Alhaji Muazu Shehu Omar; and Olomu of Omu Aran Oba AbdulRaheem Oladele Adeoti.
Etsu Bologi II thanked AbdulRazaq for taking “wonderful steps” to protect his subjects, adding that this will go a long way to avert recurrence of boat mishap in the area.
“On behalf of myself and entire people of Patigi Emirate Council, we want to sincerely thank His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, for this wonderful donation of lifejacket to our people at riverine areas who are mostly farmers and fishermen,” he said.
“Thank you very much, Your Excellency, and we pray Almighty Allah to guide and protect you and continue to uplift your government and see you succeed.”
Ajakaye added that, as part of AbdulRazaq ongoing efforts to enhance water travel and safety, the Government recently dispatched a team to the Lagos Office of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).