Akume visits Tor Jemgbah, laments absence of bridge across River Buruku

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Nigerian Concord

Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial District, George Akume, has decried the absence of a bridge across River Buruku saying the deaths recorded in the recent boat mishap were avoided with a bridge across the river.

The Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in North Central Nigeria raised this lamentation when he paid a condolence visit on the Tor Jemgbah, HRH Afatyo Ajoko and a delegation of Sankera chiefs headed by the Ter Logo, HRH Jimmy Meeme.

Akume who commiserated with the traditional councils and members of the bereaved families said death was a universal calamity however, it was painful to lose beloved ones in such unfortunate circumstances.

He urged them to be strong and seek solace from God who alone could comfort them at such troubling moment. He tasked the boat drivers to also be cautious while making use of the hard processes of conveying people across the river.

The former Benue State Governor promised to raise the matter on the floor of the Senate so as to draw support for families of the affected persons and to call for actions to be initiated in constructing a bridge at the sport for that was long overdue. He also used the opportunity to task Sankera traditional rulers on the need to restore peace in their area adding that the ongoing crisis would rather scuttle development in their domain.

Earlier in his address, the Tor Jemgbagh narrated the ordeal as pathetic as the victims who were coming from Mbadu to Tombu for a burial programme met their untimely death with about 18 bodies so far recovered while they were still searching for 3 other passengers.

He thanked Senator Akume for the sympathy visit saying it was a true mark of leadership, as the Zone B Senator was with them in Kusuv just yesterday to witness the burial of the Late William Mozeh, former Registrar of the Benue State University, Makurdi.

The Ter Logo, HRH Jimmy Meeme on his part commended Senator Akume for being responsive in sympathizing with the traditional councils and the bereaved families and promised to convey his concern over the Sankera killings to his people and prayed God to bless the Senator for having a good heart towards all.

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