Awgu Accident: Buhari, Ugwuanyi Lament Death Of School Pupils, Others

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President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
Awgu Accident: Buhari, Ugwuanyi Lament Death Of School Pupils, Others - Vantage News Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari

Both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have expressed sadness over a vehicle accident that claimed lives, including those of pupils of Presentation Nursery and Primary School in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled “President Buhari mourns victims of Enugu crash involving pupils.”

Awgu Accident: Buhari, Ugwuanyi Lament Death Of School Pupils, Others - Vantage News Nigeria
The school bus crashed down the valley.

In mourning the victims, Adesina quoted Buhari as urging vehicle owners to ensure road worthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the gruesome vehicle accident in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in which scores of people died, most of them school pupils.

“The President condoles with families and kith and kin of the dead, praying that God will grant them succour, and spare the country of such tragedy in future.

“He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State Government.

“President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure roadworthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.”

In a separate statement by the Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi who received with sadness the news of the unfortunate accident, also commiserated with the Catholic Bishop of Awgu Diocese, His Lordship, Most Reverend John Okoye, the Chairman and good people of Awgu LGA, over the tragic incident.

Aroh disclosed that the governor assured the good people of the Awgu LGA of the solidarity and support of the state government and directed the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu E. Obi and the council chairman, Hon. Pedro Nwankwo to take all appropriate and necessary actions regarding the incident.

The tragic accident happened on Wednesday after a truck rammed into a school bus conveying pupils at Nkwo Junction, in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The bus driver, seven pupils, and a teacher were said to have died on the spot.

Nine other pupils, who were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury, were rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, (UNTH) for treatment.

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