Social Concerns: Tragic incident at Ojota, Lagos.

 

In the early hours of Saturday, no fewer  than five persons lost their lives after a truck fell on a bus in the Ojota area of Lagos. According to a witness, the occupants of one of the buses were returning from their church’s monthly vigil.

The accident happened around 4am at Ojota bus stop.

The news records that the deceased were taken to Ikorodu General Hospital, while the injured were rushed to Lagos State Emergency Unit at old Toll Gate, Alausa.

Accidents like these can be blamed on transportation policies that are not strictly enforced, bad roads and reckless driving among many other reasons. Some old trucks, which should not even be found anywhere but in dumpsites, are overloaded up to twenty feet and placed on the road along with other vehicles, posing a major threat. This is wrong and should be stopped.

We urge the Lagos State government, as well as the Federal Government to do something about this. We need to work on long term preventive measures and not quick fix remedies. We must place premium value on the lives of our people, and prevent incidents like these from recurring.

Once bitten, they say, is twice shy.

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