Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom 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.
Reports say several persons have died from the inferno and others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, on Monday lamented over the tragedy which he said further added to woes of 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 dependants 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.