Opposite to the 21 dying determine reeled out by the Federal Highway Security Corps, FRSC, the Principal of Presentation Nursery and Major College, Awgu, in Awgu Native Authorities Space of Enugu State, Rev Sister Udechukwu Chisomma has mentioned eight pupils misplaced their lives within the accident.
DAILY POST reviews that the Principal disclosed this when the Nation Programmes Director of the International Society for Anti-Corruption (GSAC), Mrs Amaka Nweke, took journalists on a fact-finding journey to the realm.
She added that other than the eight pupils, the varsity equally misplaced its driver and a instructor to the deadly accident.
A trailer belonging to a development firm had whereas climbing down the Mmaku hill final Wednesday, collided right into a 608 bus conveying residence after faculty pupils of Presentation Nursery and Major College, Awgu and dragged the automobile into a close-by ditch.
Enugu State Sector Commander, FRSC, Ogbonnaya Kalu, whereas confirming the incident said that 21 died from the incident, together with faculty kids.
However chatting with reporters the primary time for the reason that incident occurred, Rev Udechukwu, said that the bus was conveying solely 20 individuals when the incident occurred and that solely ten individuals died from the varsity.
“The motive force has about 4 locations to cease. He had earlier dropped off some pupils within the first place and left with solely 20 individuals. The 20 individuals had been 17 pupils of the varsity, two lecturers and the motive force. So that they had been on the junction, making an attempt to drop the pupils when out of the blue the trailer failed to interrupt and misplaced management and collided with them.
“On the spot, six pupils died and a instructor. The opposite instructor and the motive force had been rushed to the hospital with 9 kids and the motive force additionally. One of many pupils didn’t maintain any harm on that day. So to chop the story quick, as I’m standing right here, what we’ve got recorded is ten deaths – eight pupils, the motive force and a instructor.
“The opposite ones that we despatched to UNTH, 4 have been discharged and a few are of their residence receiving therapy. So for now we’ve got solely a instructor and two pupils nonetheless within the hospital. That’s what occurred. There is no such thing as a household that incurred two deaths. There is no such thing as a household that misplaced all their kids. We’ve got solely ten deaths together with the motive force and a instructor. It’s not true that 21 kids died. It’s not true that the bus carried over fifty kids. It was actually the second bus from the varsity. He had discharged the primary set of pupils and was going to discharge the second set”, she defined.
The Principal who said that the ugly incident had compelled them to shut faculty, added that already a date has been fastened for the funeral service of the scholars and employees who died within the incident, including, “what I’m doing in the meanwhile is to collect the info of these affected in preparation for the occasion”.
Corroborating her story, Chairman of Awgu native authorities council, Nwankwo Okwudili Pedro, defined that other than the ten individuals from the colleges, two others – a Vulcanizer and an apprentice doing enterprise on the junction died on the spot.
He said that there was no iota of fact within the claims by the Highway Security, including that he had taken time to go to all of the households affected by the incident.
“The Council has been very proactive. It has been capable of meet with rapid households of these concerned within the accident. It has met with the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awgu, introduced a heavy responsibility truck used to drag the 608 from the ditch in addition to the trailer. The council is equally planning is to see how you can forestall a recurrence by placing up an excellent measure in order that even when that there’s every other automobile that misplaced management, we received’t be capable to have this stage of casualty”, Nwankwo mentioned
The Vicar of St Marks Anglican Church, Awgu, Ven Victor Oguejiofor, who said that of his three kids concerned within the accident that one died and thanked God that he didn’t lose the three of them within the incident.
“I misplaced my first daughter, an clever lady of seven years, who was in main 4, who regardless of her tender age was already cooking, serving and scrubbing the church. I don’t know why such a factor occurred. I’m nonetheless in trauma although I’m a Cleric. I’m nonetheless in tears that I misplaced my beloved daughter however I consider God and I do know that God will convey restoration. God will compensate me, God will encourage me to forge forward in preaching the gospel. I do know it’s testing time however trial and temptation won’t make me go away from God”, he prayed.
Talking to journalists after the journey, the GSAC Nation Programmes Director, Mrs. Nweke referred to as on the Enugu state authorities to instantly intervene on the Nkwo junction the place the accident occurred.
She recommended the relocation of artisans doing enterprise there and erecting pace breakers on the slender highway to avert additional incidence.
She mentioned it was harmful for anyone to proceed to do enterprise there due to the character of the highway.