by Isi Esene
Students of the Federal University Technology, Akure (FUTA) took to the streets yesterday in protest against the government for failing to regulate the movement of articulated trucks plying the Akure-Owo Road which they claim led to the death of three student union leaders, one of which was from FUTA.
The Tribune reported that the vehicle which the students were traveling in was reportedly rammed into by a truck causing the deaths. The others who survived were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where they are being treated for various levels of injuries.
Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, who visited the injured promised to provide adequate medical care needed for quick recovery. He empathised with the student body at large and the families of the deceased praying that God gives them the strength to bear the loss. “This accident, and the attendant loss, is absolutely painful to the government and people of Ondo State. I can feel the pains of the families, the students and all men and women of goodwill right in my heart,” he said.
He further noted that the loss of these students have created a big vacuum. “The duty we owe is to make sure the survivors have access to urgent and focused medical care”.