By Salihu N. Muhammad
Eleven women of the same family from Dan Gunu village have perished in a boat mishap in river Sarkin Pawa, while another three persons from Guni village also died in a similar accident in river Guni all in Munya local government area of Niger state.
The incident occurred in the two rivers that combined with river Kaduna to form the Shiroro Dam while the villagers were returning from farm.
It was learnt that the women had gone to the farm to harvest groundnuts in company of two men and that it was only the two men that survived the accident.
It was also gathered that while the villagers in Dan – Gunu village were mourning the death of their beloved ones, a report of similar incident came from a neighbouring village of Guni which claimed three lives.
Some of the dead were identified as Munau, Wara, Fiddausi, Zainab, Najaatu, Ikilima, Fatima, Ladidi, Balaraba and Hafsat.
In a condolence message, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru described the incident as shocking and unfortunate, adding that the disaster has brought to the fore the sufferings and hardship of the people of the area as a result of the activities of the Shiroro hydro dam
Senator Umaru in whose constituency the disaster occurred lamented the lack of roads and bridges in the area adding that “this has shown the urgent need and necessity for the immediate takeoff of the HAPPADEC commission”.
He explained that the lives of the people in the area have been made more difficult with the disastrous perennial flooding adding that “since the construction of the dam, nothing has been done to make the people cope with their displacement.
He called on relevant authorities to ensure immediate implementation of the HAPPADEC Act adding that, “we should avoid a situation whereby we have to lost a life. It is even more terrible if we have to lost 13 lives in a day”.