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Too many avoidable deaths on roadside

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THE rate at which collapse of buildings kill innocent  citizens is alarming. Many untimely deaths are being recorded in recent times has because of it. This is  very disturbing.

One leaves home in the morning and is not even sure if he or she will come back alive.

It is Surprising how caution is being thrown to the wind as people are living recklessly thereby puting other people’s lives in danger; cutting innocent lives  short and ending people’s  dreams abruptly.

How long are we going to continue  burying people with bright future whose expertise the world needs. How do we console their loved ones?

Last week’s Wednesay will go down in the history books of Anambra as a day which many will live to remember as a tanker, loaded with kerosine lost control and ran over a lot of people and vehicles on the road side  along Toronto Hospital, Upper Iweka and MCC axis, and finally caught fire, leaving many lives lost and scores injured.

Also,a tanker,loaded with cooking gas recently skided off track along Onitsha – Owerri Road Expressway and caught fire which extended to some buildings on the road side, including a church, leaving some people dead with a lot of casualties.

The incidents mentioned above happened  just few weeks after a tanker loaded with gasoline skidded off its track , fell down and caught fire in Amawbia,destroying a lot of lives and properties.

Such cases are many both within and outside Anambra State .

Recall that Anambra State Government has repeatedly warned citizens against roadside trading but people some people are hell bent on buying and selling at the roadside.

The issue now is not who to blame but to understand why and how these tragedies should be avoided.

The casualties unfortunitely met their untimely deaths as they were so unlucky to have given up the ghost before they were rescued.

One of the relations of the  fire victims  at Onitsha, after confirming the death of his cousin broke down in tears saying “God gives and takes, we cannot question him. All I need to do now is pray for the repose of his soul and console his family and siblings.

Fortunately, some of the surviving victims are in stable conditions and are  still receiving medical attention while their family members expressed gratitude to God for their survival.

Several messages of appreciation have also been given by the families of the fortunate victims to government and the medical team for their care.

It will be recalled that president Muhammadu Buhari in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, commiserated with the government and people of Anambra over the sad incident, urging hospitals to give the survivors effective medical attention .

The president also sent condolences to the families of those who lost their lives .

Commissioner for information and Public Enlightenment, C.Don Adinuba, on his part said Governor Willie Obiano had directed that the wounded Persons be given the best treatement at the government’s expenses.

Anambra State Government has also set up an investigative panel to determine the cause of the accident and make recommendations.

Reacting to the fire disaster,Mr Stephen, a commercial bus driver in Awka metropolis said, “government should ensure that tanker operators should work in line with the laid down rules and regulations which he said will be for the benefit of all.

Another bus driver (Name witheld), added  that operatives are aware of the havoc caused by tankers, its drivers and the activities, but have decided to show non-challent attitude.” It is really sad”, he said.

He however listed deficit in infrastructure, bad roads, poor drainage systems as serious factors  leading to the avoidable manace.

He concluded by saying that for the fact that houses are close to filling stations, there will continue to be loss of lives any time there is an outbreak and loss of lives and properties will be inevitable.

Mrs Tina Uba, who resides at Onitsha, in a post in her twitter account, while commending the efforts of Anambra State Government to better the community, frowned at the recklessness of some tanker drivers, insisting that they contribute more to the havoc.

She suggested that tankers should be permitted to ply the roads only at night when the roads will be less busy.

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