3 principals from Ogbomoso died in road accident. NUT blames govt, commissioner cautions against politicization..
The leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Oyo state has appointed accusing fingers at the state government, particularly the state ministry of education, for the road accident that claimed the lives of 5 persons including 3 secondary school principals.
According to media reports monitored by IBPulse, a total of 5 persons died in the accident that occurred along Oyo-Ogbomoso road. Accident struck when they were returning from Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo which was the venue of a workshop organised by the state government. They were returning to their respective destinations in Ogbomoso when a tanker rammed into a bus they were in.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Waheed Olojede, who is also the secretary of the state chapter of the National Union of Teachers, blamed the Oyo State Ministry of Education for directing 340 participants from schools in Ogbomoso to travel to Oyo town for the workshop, saying a centre should have been created in Ogbomoso considering the large number.
He said, “The entire labour movement under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council, led by Emmanuel Ogundiran and me, have visited the injured victims and families of the deceased.
“The NUT in the state received the news with rude shock. The NUT and labour movement are worried and disturbed about the wrong decision taken by the education ministry to compel 340 participants from 85 secondary schools in Ogbomoso to attend a workshop in Oyo town when simple reason and logic is supposed to have guided the ministry’s decision to create a centre in Ogbomoso for the workshop while the facilitators move there.
“Labour advises that the ministry and other government agencies should always consider the number of participants as a key factor in determining the venue for future workshops.”
Govt cautions against politicization
While confirming the development and promising to foot the hospital bills of those that are receiving treatment at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, said the sad incident called for sobriety and sympathy with the deceased families and the education community in the state.
He said: “This is not the time to whip up unnecessary sentiments, which will not help the situation on ground. Accidents are natural phenomena that occur even in homes and even within the township. Oyo State Government is sensitive to the welfare and wellbeing of its workers and the citizens in general. Hence, the workshop was spread across five centres in line with the zonal standing of the state.”
In memory of the deceased, the government decided to suspend the workshop scheduled for Ibarapa/Kajola and Saki/Irepo centres till further notice.
“These heroes and heroine died in the line of duty and therefore, should be allowed to rest in peace. On behalf of the governor and the government of Oyo State, we had immediately visited the families of the deceased as well as those injured and recuperating at the hospital,” the commissioner said.
“We use this opportunity to call on the good people of Oyo State to join us in praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased and to stand by the bereaved families at this difficult period. May their souls rest in peace.’’
Road safety blames dangerous overtaking
The Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Cecilia Alao, confirmed the crash to one of PUNCH correspondents in a text message.
She stated that the accident resulted from dangerous overtaking and urged motorists to be safety conscious and comply with traffic regulations at all times.
Alao said, “A fatal road crash occurred on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 along Oyo-Ogbomosho Road at 4.30pm. Two vehicles – Mazda E2000 bus, with number plate, XE 455 PFA, and an Iveco tanker with number plate, LKJ 790 XU, were involved in the crash which occurred as a result of dangerous overtaking.
“A total of 15 passengers (11 male adults and four female adults) were involved in the crash, while three male adults lost their lives. A total of 12 passengers (eight male adults and four female adults) were rescued alive and taken to the Bowen University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.”