A students’ pressure group, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has flayed the Federal Government over poor state of roads across the country.
Faulting the Federal Government over the recent death of nine students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko in Ondo State who died in a fatal motor accident recently, the group said the death of the students would have been averted, if the roads were in good condition.
According to reports, the ill-fated vehicle that conveyed the victims ran into potholes and somersaulted several times, which resulted into the death of the deceased.
The group in a press statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Taiwo Hassan, a copy of which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER last Friday, in Osogbo, Osun State capital, noted that hundreds of Nigerians lose their lives on daily basis in avoidable accidents on the nation’s highways.
The students said: “We place the responsibility for the untimely death of our colleagues on President Umar Yar’Adua, whose government since May 29, 2007 has not been able to improve the deplorable conditions of roads all over Nigeria.
“Connected with this is also the deplorable state of the health sector, which means that accident victims do no get the requisite medical attention they need to stay alive.
“We put it on record that on daily basis, hundreds of Nigerians continue to lose their lives in avoidable accidents on the nation’s deathtraps called highways.
“It is our contention that if the condition of roads had been good and health-care delivery sound, the lives of the nine “Nigerians would not have been wasted.
We therefore, call on government at all levels to, instead of stealing public resources, use the resources of the country for the improvement in the condition of our roads, health-care, education and living standard of the masses, in order to avoid such ugly incidents again.
“We also call for adequate compensation, to the families of the victims and adequate funding to education”, the students reiterated.
By ISMAIL USMAN