Industrialist calls for free treatment of youths involved in accidents

Awka, March 2, 2017 (TNE): An industrialist in Anambra, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has called for a medical policy to enable students and unemployed youths to access free treatment for accidental injuries.

Reacting to Sunday’s bus crash that claimed two students of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko and injured 11 others, Ezeemo said such a policy would save the lives of accident victims if treated early.

The industrialist, who visited those on admission at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu General Hospital, Awka on Thursday to sympathize with them, encouraged the victims to be strong in spirit.

He condemned the indiscriminate award of driver’s licence to untrained persons.

He donated N100,000 to the victims to complement their upkeep and urged other people to offer similar assistance.

Earlier, the President of the Students Union Government at the polytechnic, Mr Nwachukwu Okechukwu, said that the crash had taken a toll on the institution as all the 14 passengers were their students.

He said that the students travelled home for the weekend and were returning to school when the incident happened at Awgbu community in Orumba North local government.

Mr Obini Onuchukwu, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, confirmed that the passengers of the crashed vehicle were mostly its students.

He said that three persons died on the spot, including the driver of the vehicle and two of its students.

Onuchukwu said the students who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospitals by the school authorities with the assistance of the student union government.

One of the victims, Mr Emmanuel Odo, commended the school authority as well as Ezeemo for their support. (TNE)

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