Anambra tragic accidents: Residents mourn, proffer preventive measures

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following a double tragic accidents that occurred at Upper Iweka axis in the commercial city of Onitsha which killed over 20 persons and at Umuchu in Aguata Local Government Area that claimed 6 lives residents of Anambra State who were thrown into mourning mood have come up with measures to prevent future occurrence of such tragic deaths.

Part of the measures listed by the residents are checking vehicle that are road worthy, checking the driving competence of the drivers, checking the mental state of the drivers and their health condition generally as according to them some of the drivers especially those that drive heavy duty trucks are addicted to smoking and alcoholic drinks capable of disorgansing them on steering.

They also called for imposition of severe penalties on individuals and transport companies whose vehicles kill people on road accident as part of the measures, recommending that Anambra State government also have to critically look at what could be done at the slippery nature of the Upper Iweka axis of the Asaba -Onitsha – Enugu expressway from MCC bus stop down to Asaba park bus stop.

More so the residents kicked against road side trading calling State Government to as a matter of urgency get all nooks and crannies of Upper Iweka rid of road trading including hawkers of sachet water and beverages as part the measures to prevent people from falling victims road accidents.

A resident Comrade Vincent Ezeekwueme called for extra ordinary measures from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) in checking vehicles that are road worthy and also in checking drivers that are competent and healthy enough to drive heavy duty vehicles on high ways.

Ezekwueme who is the Chairman of Civil Liberties Organization CLO Anambra State branch observed that most individuals and transport companies that own such heavy duty vehicles don’t maintain them owing to lack of mariculture culture in the Nigeria system adding that FRSC and VIO have to commence nationwide verification of vehicles that are good enough to ply the roads across the country.

He suggested that FRSC and VIO should adapt and impose severe penalties against drivers and transport companies whose vehicles kill people in accidents as part of the measures to prevent road accidents across the country noting that in most cases, commercial and private drivers as well as transport companies get away free after killing people on the road.

The right activist lamented that accident is apparently becoming a normal occurrence in Nigeria owing to lack of preventive measures noting with nostalgia that in October 2015, 22 people lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident at Umuchu while 4 people also died of the same motor accident in May 2018 also at Umuchu before the latest one that claimed 6 people last week.

The Spiritual leader of the Igbo nation, Chief Rpmmy Ezeonwuka (Ogilisi Igbo) has lent his voice to sympathize and commiserate with the families of those who died of ghastly motor accident at Upper Iweka axis of the commercial city of Onitsha which occured two days ago when a petrol tanker driver lost control and rammed into road side traders and passersby killing many on the spot and injured some who are currently receiving treatment at Toronto Hospital in Onitsha.

Also speaking to journalists in Onitsha, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka who is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) lamented that such a sudden death is very painful and highly regrettable, urging those who lost their dearly ones to bear the lose with fortitude.

“It is very painful, sorrowful and regrettable, everybody is touched by the tragic sudden death, our Governor, Chief Willie Obiano is saddened with the ugly incident and that is why he visited those receiving treatment at the hospital and quickly set up a panel of inquiry to investigate and unravel the mystery behind the accident” he added

On how to prevent future occurrence, he advised members of the public to cooperate with Governor Obiano’s decongestion drive and avoid road side trading because according to him, road side trading in a busy area like Upper Iweka endangers people’s lives and the tragic incident of two days ago is a clear evident that road aide trading is highly hazardous to the lives of the people.

Going further on how to prevent future occurrence, the Igbo Spiritual leader took a spiritual dimension to advice Ndigbo in general to stop depositing dead bodies for so long in morgues as such also endangers the living because the spirit of the dead that are yet to be committed to 6ft with burial rites according to tradition could harm the living.

He advised that dead bodied languishing in morgues for do long have to be cleared off and be buried with befitting burial rites according to tradition for the living to enjoy a more safer existence.

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