The governorship candidate of Progressive People's Alliance (PPA) in the November 18 Election, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has promised to adopt measures that will engender lasting safety measures in all transport systems in the state.
He made the promise when he visited the victims of a boat mishap in Ugwuikpele, Ogbaru LGA, August 26.
Ezeemo commiserated with the victims and assured them to be proactive in transportation policies if elected into office.
Ezeemo said that lack of genuine desire to serve the people by some politicians gunning to man the affairs of the state was evident in their care free attitude towards maintaining life safety tips which resulted in daily loss of lives of the helpless citizens.
He said that the recent fatal water transport mishap was avoidable but occurred due to negligence.
Ezeemo commiserated with the family of the victims of the boat mishap and assured that if he won the Nov. 18 Election, his administration would tackle issues bordering on the lives of the people before concentrating on physical structures in the state., even as he promised that his administration would make provision for water transporters all year round, especially in the rainy season.
He also said that his administration would leave no road unattended to if he was given the chance to manage the affairs of the state
The Transition Committee Chairman Ogbaru Local Government Council, Barrister Ignatius Ezediokpu, who led a delegation with some councillors to visit families of the survivors and those still missing, while condoling with those affected, described the incident as a very unfortunate tragedy.
Barrister Ezediokpu explained that the area, being a riverine community, relied mostly on water transportation because of the deplorable condition of their roads.
According to him, Governor Willie Obiano had remained resolute in his determination to complete the Uga Junction-Atani-Osomala Ugwuikpere Road and had released huge sums of money to the contractor who he blamed of frustrating the project.
He noted that although the project was a federal road, Governor Obiano was more concerned in alleviating the plight and hardship of the people.
The Ugwuikpele Community in Ogbaru Local Government Area is still searching frantically for four passengers involved in the boat that capsized at Age Azaga, a border community in Rivers State.
They were part of fifteen passengers and crew members that started the journey from Ugwuikpele to Nkwo Anieze Market in Rivers State in the ill-fated boat.
Narrating their ordeal the driver of the boat, Mr Charles Ezeka, said the incident happened around six o'clock in the morning shortly after they entered the town of Age Azaga when the boat suddenly hit a hidden tree stump and somersaulted, trapping most of the occupants in the water.
He said it took the spirited efforts and intervention of other boatmen to save most of them while the remaining four passengers were yet to be located.