By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko(AAUA), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has visited the scene of the accident that occurred on Saturday.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who got to the scene at exactly 8:45am, expressed displeasure at the incident.
Western Post on Saturday reported that 12 persons were confirmed dead in an accident that occurred near the entrance gate of the AAUA in Akoko South West Local Government Area.
The accident was said to have occurred when a Dangote truck coming from Obajana in Kogi State lost control and rammed into some shops and crushed both students and traders.
Witnesses said 12 dead bodies have been taken to the mortuary while others were still in the rubble and heap of cement.
However, Prof. Ige who commiserated with the families of victims, described the trailer accident as a tragedy on the part of the host community, Management of the University and the Nigerian students at large.
He expressed displeasure while noting that some students were affected in the tragic incident, adding that colleagues of the deceased have been placated not to take law into their own hands.
His words: “Sadly, it is a tragedy to the Community and all Nigerian Students. It is painful some of our students were involved and sadly they lost their lives for coming to school to learn and to get themselves educated.
“The last one that happened, we had to constitute a Committee whose recommendations we have implemented.
“The committee recommended that roadside trading should be banned and the community market should be relocated and it was complied with”
While proffering a lasting solution to the incessant trailer accident, Prof. Ige said the hilly route of the community, near the institution, should be stepped down.
He also opined that heavy-duty trucks should be barred from plying the route.
He, however, urged the irate youths to eschew violence, saying assiduous efforts are being made to restore normalcy.
Among other dignitaries at the scene were: the Ondo State Commisioner for Agriculture; Otunba Gboyega Adefarati; the Acting Registrar; Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa; Chairman, Akoko South West, Hon. Augustine Oloruntegbe; the Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Youth and Students Affairs, Hon. Muyiwa Ogunyemi