No fewer than 350 lives were lost to boat mishaps in Nigeria in 2020, the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission has said.
Chairman of the Governing Council of HYPPADEC, Joseph Ityav, disclosed this in Borgu, Niger State, on Saturday at the flag-off of the cutting of tree logs and removal of huge debris on Kainji and Shiroro lakes.
He said the project was being executed in partnership with the National Inland Waterways Corporation.
Ityav blamed most of the mishaps on poor conditions of boats, overloading, unavailability of life jackets and the preponderance of tree logs on the waterways.
He said that the cutting of the tree logs and removal of debris would reduce boat mishaps and the hardship faced by coastal communities.