Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the fatal accident in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, where scores of people died, most of them school pupils.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said, Buhari condoled with families and kith and kin of the dead and prayed that God will grant them succour and spare the country of such tragedy in future.
He also commiserated with the Catholic Church of Awgu, the proprietors of Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended while alive and the Enugu State government.
He enjoined transporters to ensure roadworthiness of their vehicles, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.
In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has expressed the deepest commiserations of the state government to the families of the schoolchildren to those who died and those who sustained injuries the road accident.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the governor who received with sadness the news of the unfortunate accident, also commiserated with the Catholic Bishop of Awgu Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. John Okoye, the chairman and good people of Awgu LGA, over the tragic incident.
Aroh disclosed that Gov. Ugwuanyi assured the good people of Awgu LGA of the solidarity and support of the state government and directed the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu E. Obi and the council chairman, Hon. Pedro Nwankwo to take all appropriate and necessary actions regarding the incident. In another development, he directed the immediate deployment of the staff of the Enugu State Traffic Management Authority (ESTMA) to manage traffic in Enugu Capital Territory. There has been traffic gridlock in the state capital as a result of the last week’s untoward actions of hoodlums and miscreants who hijacked the #EndSARS protests to cause mayhem and destroy both public and private properties, including the traffic lights.