The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has expressed sadness over the fatal road accident at Awgu town in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu School, which claimed the lives of several pupils of Presentation Nursery Primary School, Awgu on Wednesday.
Okechukwu, while reacting to the incident in a statement he released on Thursday, called for detailed investigation into the incident to establish the immediate and remote causes and recommend measures to be put in place to prevent such occurrences in the future.
The lawmaker, who represents Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency, condoled with the management, staff, and pupils of Presentation Nursery and Primary School Awgu as well as the Catholic Church and all those who loved their loved ones in the unfortunate incident.
“This is a very sad moment, not only to the school and the Catholic Diocese of Awgu, but also a personal loss to me, the people of Awgu, and Enugu State as a whole. My heartfelt condolences go particularly to parents and families of our children and other loved ones, who lost their lives.
“We will ensure that this unfortunate incident is properly investigated with a view to establishing the causes and to know how we can put a stop to things like this”, he said
He prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the dead and for the quick recovery of the wounded.
It is recalled that a truck belonging to a construction collided head-on with a long school bus at Nkwo Awgu junction on Wednesday as the driver lost lost control of the vehicle.
The accident, said to be as a result of break failure left many either dead or wounded although the exact numbers have not been made known yet.