Abubakar Haruna Galadanchi
Eight Kano students today died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Lagos. The accident which occurred, today, while 16 students and their teachers were going to Lagos by bus for a quiz programme to represent the state.
Seven of the students were said to have died on the spot, while one out of the nine rescued from the scene, died a few hours after arriving at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has condoled with his Kano State counterpart, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, following the death of the eight secondary students from the state in an accident along Iroko Road,Ibadan, Oyo State.
The governor described the accident , which also reportedly claimed the life of the driver of the bus conveying the students, as highly depressing to him and the people of the state.
Ajimobi had visited the eight surviving victims of the accident at the Accident and Emergency ward of the UCH, where he offered to pick their bills until they are discharged from the hospital.
He was received by the Chief Medical Director of the UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge; and the Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim, who was said to have arrived in Oyo State with an aircraft to convey the bodies to Kano for burial.
The governor, who was in a sober mood throughout the visit, had sympathised with the victims on their sick bed where he gave them words of comfort and wished them a speedy recovery.
The governor said he was confident that the management of the UCH would do everything possible to ensure that the survivors were back on their feet as soon as possible.
The CMD of the UCH had said that six of the surviving students and a teacher who were in a stable condition would require further examination and surgeries.
He added that two others were in critical condition and would be subjected to round-the-clock observation to ensure that they survived.
On their part, some parents of the students that involved in the terrible accident described it as the act of God and complain that the state government already approved the air tickets of the students from Kano to Lagos by air, but unfortunately the Kano state Secondary Schools Management Board known as Gidan Mallamai decline the good offer to students and send them by road, which later claim the lives of eight of the students.
When contacted the KSSMB board PRO yusha`u Hamza kafin cirri said nobody among the management is around so he can’t say anything until he get the approval from his superiors.
On the issue of the plane tickets to the students approved by the state government the PRO refuse to say anything.