PHOTOS: Tambuwal, his cars ferried across River Benue

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal and his convoy were ferried across River Benue into Ibi town on boats. [Photo credit: Imam Imam]

Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday led a delegation to Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State to pay a condolence visit to the former chief whip of the House of Representatives, Isiaka Bawa, who lost his mother, Hajiya Hadiza, recently.

In the accompanying pictures, the governor and his convoy were ferried across River Benue into Ibi town on boats. One of the pictures show Tambuwal peeping through his car window and his car gets set for the dangerous 30 minute cruise across the river.

The photos were sent to PREMIUM TIMES by Mr. Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Imam Imam.

A promise to construct a bridge across the river into the town has not materialised in 50 years.


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  • princegab

    Why bridge? Ferry dey now.
    Yeye people.

    • Julius

      Imagine that nonsense…I bet the government is paying for that to and from..Na wa oo !

      • Jon

        There is a back up boat following too. The back up boat will be paid too.

        • Julius

          Yep and the cost will be padded/ inflated.

  • Usher

    Along the Mississippi some locals ferry their vehicles to the other side. In Liverpool also. Nothing wrong with it but this method seems outdated. A good bridge will help though.

    • FineBoy

      Stop telling us US and UK.
      Bulk of food u eat come from these areas.

      It’s not ferry that will carry Trainers and Lorries.

      You want ferry transport, then dredge the River and also fun marine police and other rescue team

  • So oju abe niko

    It is really a question of the expected traffic volume vs the bridge cost. We can’t build bridges everywhere. It has to be economically justifiable.

    • GusO

      I agree that we can’t build bridges everywhere but the Benue River is wider than 2 miles in the vicinity the Governor made the crossing. I know because I served my NYSC service in the Taraba side of the old Gongola State. The ferry probably takes 30 minutes to cross the river because it’s very slow and does not have enough power to move faster. The people could use powerful and more ferries to go about their daily business but they’ll never get bank loans to use to invest on the b

      • So oju abe niko

        You are right. The width is not that big. I actually measured the width of Benue River at Ibi, and it is less than 400 metres, slightly less than half of the width of the river at the Makurdi bridge (about 800M).

    • Alhaji

      The money he uses to send his people to Mecca every year to learn jihad can be used to built bridge across the river.

  • Oga

    And meanwhile Danjuma is a billionaire from Nigeria’s oil, Alakija richest black woman in the world from Nigeria’s oil.IBB, OBJ, DIEZANI, JONATHAN, ETC ETC all swimming in money while Nigerians lack basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges.When the rogues buy their cars they forget that cars needs roads.