CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State government is set to stop street trading in the state sequel to numerous deaths recorded recently.
Obiano who stated this while commiserating with the Upper Iweka Onitsha and Umuchu accident victims assured that State Government will pay the victims’ hospital bills.
Governor Obiano noted that from the briefing he got, many of the people involved in the accident were street traders, adding that investigation is ongoing which will help to work out ways to prevent future accidents in the area, even as he urged Ndi Anambra to enrol into the State Health Insurance Scheme to give them easy access to quality health services, especially during emergencies.
At Afor Ibughubu Umuchu accident scene, Governor Obiano asked ndi Anambra to invest in Property Insurance to protect their business against disaster in case of emergencies, urging them to go to their local government offices to enrol in the State health Insurance Scheme.
The Governor further directed the Federal Road Safety Corps to enforce installation of speed limit devices to reduce road crashes, adding that State government will pay the hospital bills of the victims.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr Rabiu Ladodo, Health Commissioner, Dr Joe Akabuike, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Uchenna Okafor, among others accompanied the Governor on the visit.
Recall that the Upper Iweka Onitsha accident involving some vehicles, including a petrol tanker laden with about 33,000 litres of kerosene, claimed some lives and injured others while three people lost their lives at the Umuchu accident and eight victims are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.
Authority South East voice reports that Six persons lost their lives while several others were injured in a multiple auto crash in Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The incident which occurred at Ibughubu market involved two articulated vehicles – a tipper with registration number, JJT-421XG and a truck fully loaded with cement. Properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed in the accident.
An eyewitness, Joshua Agbasiri, said the two trucks had collusion before they rammed into stalls in the market.
He said, “The cement truck which was on high speed, pushed the tipper to the other side of the market where it destroyed shops and inflicted injuries on some shop owners.
“The two drivers, one of the conductors and two traders were crushed to death while doing their businesses in their various shops.”
The chairman of Ubughubu Village, Mr. Titus Ike, said the accident broke through three shops, belonging to one Okwudili Egbobuike and Nonso Ezekwelu.