Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday lamented the death of 17 students in an auto crash on their way back to the state from Kano,.He described the incident as a painful one that could have been prevented.
A ghastly automobile accident had on Thursday last week claimed 17 lives of the students. The accident also left two persons injured.
The unfortunate incident was said to have occurred at Bacita junction on Jebba/Ilorin highway, Moro local government area of the state.
The accident involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace passenger bus and an articulated DAF container truck.
The accident was said to have been caused by over speeding and dangerous driving as the two vehicles had an head-on collision at a bend on the highway.
In a statement, the governor’s chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, AbdulRazaq commiserated with the parents and families of the students and prayed to God to avert such calamity in the future.
“We, however, believe that we can avoid this calamity in the future. We reiterate our calls on the drivers to always check their speed, respect other road users, and put their vehicles in the best condition. Most accidents occur because our drivers often fail these three basic tests of safe driving,” the statement said.
“Besides, we call on our tertiary institutions which still require students to travel long distance for their post-UTME examination to please consider holding such test online to avert the necessity of travel. This will not only reduce travel and attendant risks, but also encourage students to embrace and excel in computer literacy, a sine qua non for success in the 21st century.”