AbdulRazaq in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the incident as a painful one that could have been prevented. He also commiserated with the parents and families of the students and prayed God to avert such calamity in 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.
“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 travelling. This will not only reduce travelling and attendant risks, but also encourage students to embrace and excel in computer literacy, a sine-qua-non for success in the 21st century,” the governor said.
The 17 students died in an auto accident when their Toyota Haice bus with registration number AGL337 XA had head-on collision with a DAF Articulated Truck. The accident occurred at about 12.35 a.m. on Thursday, August 22 at Bacita junction in Kwara.
News from on the day (Thursday 22)
Seventeen people were feared dead in an auto crash at Bacita Junction along the Ilorin/Jebba/Mokwa highway in Kwara State on Thursday afternoon.
The accident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace passenger bus and an articulated DAF container truck, also left two people injured.
It was gathered that the accident occurred as a result of speeding and dangerous driving.
Speaking on the crash, the Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps, Kwara State Sector Command, Udeme Eshiet, said the DAF container truck was going towards Jebba, while the passenger bus was coming to Ilorin from the North when the crash occurred.
The FRSC official said, “Due to the speed of the two drivers they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted into a head-on collision.”
Udeme said the injured victims had been taken to the General Hospital, Jebba for treatment while the deceased were taken to the mortuary.
The road safety official, who called on motorists to be more careful while driving to check avoidable accidents, added that passengers should always caution the drivers.
Udeme advised commuters to report reckless and recalcitrant drivers to law enforcement agents nearby.
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