The Malele Lakes and the Water Snags

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Well, apart from the regular crisis reporting you see me do, I am particularly also interested in the subject of climate change and it’s varied expressions.

Last week I travelled for over ten hours to see the Malale lakes and the water snags there which have been largely responsible for about 85 percent of the boat mishaps that you hear of. The most recent being the one that occurred in Wara in Kebbi state sometime last month when over 100 persons died.

Now, the snags you see in this report gets completely covered by water in the the lakes, as high as they appear. The water goes above that. So, it is difficult for the boat man to negotiate or even know which parts the snags are. And once the boat hits any of those, the result is an instant toppling of the boat resulting to a capsize.

It was a long, tough and tedious travel on a very bad road as you would imagine. But I and the crew made it there and to witness the cutting of these snags.

85 percent of these boat accidents will now be reduced by this joint action of the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) and National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in flagging off the cutting of these water snags.

Here is the report.


Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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