Low Patronage Hits Marine, Okrika Boat Operators


Low patronage has hit Marine Base and Okrika boat operators, following the boat accident that killed two underaged children last Monday.
Little Destiny and Igorwari Amamina were killed when a passenger boat carrying 24 passengers capsized on its way to Okrika, Rivers State.
Speaking to The Tide in Port Harcourt yesterday, a Marine Base boat operator, Mr. Pepple Amachree said the accident had forced some seafarers to take alternative routes for safety.
He explained that the unfortunate mishap had caused low patronage as scanty passengers travel by boats.
According to him, as humans, some passengers are afraid to travel by water, describing the incident as natural.
Amachree, who was loading passengers to his near wreckaged boat, said “only three boats had loaded passengers today (Thursday) to Okrika.
The boat driver appealed to the state government to assist the operators with modern engine boats to ply the aquatic routes.
He also made case for the provision of life vests to the operators to assist travelers in order to save lives.
While calling for periodic workshops to enlighten and educate drivers, Amachree insisted that a legislation to regulate the activities of boat operators across the state be promulgated.


Chinedu Wosu


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