OYO state government yesterday paid a condolence visit to the families of the late principals and an account clerk of public secondary schools in the state who lost their lives in a ghastly car crash along Oyo -Ogbomoso road.
The condolence team led by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela who paid the families a visit at their various residences in Ogbomoso town, also visited Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso where the survivors are currently receiving treatment.
The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Mr Bashiru Ajibade, Hon. Ibrahim Bolomope were also part of the team.
Mega Icon Magazine investigation revealed that no fewer than fifteen (15) persons were involved in the accident at Ijawaya, along Oyo- Ogbomoso road which claimed the lives of three principals, an account clerk and a driver on Wednesday.
Our reporter confirmed that the three principals, including the commercial driver were declared brought in dead (BID) while the account clerk, a female, identified as Mrs Ajao Titilayo later died in the hospital after severe bleeding and buried on Thursday morning according to Islamic right. Similarly, four (4) of the victims have been discharged while six (6) others are positively responding to treatment.
According to an eye witness account, the accident occurred when the occupants of the bus were returning from a workshop held at Oliveth High School in Oyo.
He explained further that a reckless trailer driver was trying to evade a pothole ran into their bus.
The commissioner, Olowofela who couldn’t control his emotions while condoling with the bereaved families, described the accident as a serious tragedy, just as he decried the monumental loss of lives.
“The governor is aware of our visit and government will do whatever is required. We pray for the repose of the souls of the departed ones and the fortitude for you to bear the irredeemable loss while we also wish the injured ones quick recovery”.
Olowofela, however announced that the state government would pick up the medical bills of the victims who survived the crash and are still receiving treatment.
Remarking, the Chief Medical Director, CMD of Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Samuel Eyesan has assured that the survivors would be discharged within a week as they were billed for minor surgeries. According to the orthopedic surgeon, some of the victims had either fracture or dislocation.
Eyesan commended the state government for its swift reaction to the news of the tragedy.
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