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A Past National President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Idris Omede has commiserated with the families of victims of the unfortunate tanker fire in Lokoja last Friday.
In a press statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, Omede called for concerted efforts by Kogi State and Federal Government and relevant agencies of Government, particularly the FRSC to identify the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate accident and find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Last Friday accident that claimed about 25 lives is one too many accidents on that road. This is the worst in recent history and calls for concern from all and sundry.
“I learnt this particular accident occurred a bad portion of the Federal road around Total filling station in Felele. While join the calls on Federal Government to revisit the construction of Abuja-Lokoja-Okene road, the contract that was awarded many years ago, Omede, who currently is the President of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria(APBN), appeals to the state government to fix the bad portions on the road as a temporary measure to safe lives.
“Many lives has been lost on this Abuja- Lokoja- Okene road, especially around the Felele axis of the Abuja-Lokoja-Okene road. There is a constant heavy vehicular threat to the lives of many Kogi State Polytechnic students and staff, traders and civil servants living around the Felele area of this ever busy highway, that connects the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria.
“I call on Kogi state government and stakeholders in the state to treat this call as an emergency and engaged the Federal Ministry of Work to expedite work on this road. The wanton loss of lives from preventable causes on this road is painful. It should be addressed squarely, urgently and seriously, without further delay”, the former NMA President said.
Omede mourned the HND II student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Mariam Amodu, who died in the unfortunate accident. He prayed that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
Mariam, who was buried at Ogbogbo in Igalamela-Odolu local government area of Kogi State, was a student in the Business Administration department before she died in the accident.
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