Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the death of some students of Ojodu Grammar School who were crushed by a truck driver on Tuesday, has left him devastated.
Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Wednesday, December 8, expressed sadness over the death, describing the demise of the students as sad, unfortunate and avoidable.
He sympathised with the families of the deceased, their relatives, friends, management, and staff of Ojodu Grammar School.
”I commiserate with the parents, management, staff, and students of Ojodu Grammar School over this unfortunate death of our students, whose lives were cut short by a truck driver yesterday.
”The sad incident has left me devastated since yesterday; because it is terrible to hear about the death of innocent children; especially, in a clearly avoidable circumstance like what happened.
”As a parent, words cannot express how shattered I was when I learned about the incident. No one’s life, including those vibrant students, who were returning from where they had gone to learn for a better future, deserved to be ended in that manner.
”My deepest sympathies go out to their parents. I pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
”Our prayers are also with the survivors, who are receiving treatment at the hospitals,” the governor said.
He said that meanwhile, the state government had ordered that the affected schools be closed immediately till January; while investigations were ongoing.
Sanwo-Olu said that the erring driver had also been arrested.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has advocated the emergence of an Igbo President in 2023.
Ngige made this call on Tuesday, December 7, in an interview on Channels TV; noting that it would help to permanently heal the wounds of the civil war; and end all agitations for the Biafra republic.
The Minister said, “If Nigerians of all shades of opinion in all the political parties agree to send down the presidency; in both parties to the South East, you would have buried the ghosts of the civil war permanently. You would have buried all the separatist agitations permanently; you would have buried all the sins of ‘oh no appointments; these and that’ permanently. Everything will begin to rest.”