***calls for insurance cover
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has sent a message of condolence to his Rivers state counterpart, Nyesom Wike over the fire incident at Bonny Jetty in Port Harcourt that claimed several lives today .
Chief Press Secretary to the governor
Nathaniel Ikyur in a statement the inferno led to the death of many persons as many others sustained injuries.
Ortom who was not happy with the tragedy said it has further added to the many security challenges facing the nation.
He however urged his colleague to see the incident as a challenge that should be addressed by directing authorities concerned to always apply safety measures at all times.
The Governor advocated for insurance cover for all public and private facilities, saying that such measure could mitigate or assuage the plight of victims.
He extended his condolences to the immediate families of the deceased just as he asked authorities to see to the welfare of their defendants since they died in active service.
The Governor added that the government and people of Benue state identify with the people of Rivers state and share in this moment of grief.