It was on Sunday and the best day to recieve my mother’s long call. But, last Sunday, it was short and mournful. She informed me about a ghastly motor accident on Saturday, 27th April, 2019 that claimed the lives of 10 people… people from my hometown “Mgbowo”.
Mgbowo is a community situated in the eastern part of Nigeria, precisely Enugu State.
Now, these people were a set of joyful beings, who travelled from Enugu to another eastern state, Anambra. They journeyed to celebrate the marriage of one of theirs. On their way back, at Ogbaku, Enugu-Port Harcourt express road, a short distance away from home, they met with death!
Men, Women, Youths, Children… every being who heard the news lamented… at home and far off!
Most took to their social media handles to express how devasting the news is… others expressed sorrow for the loss of their close ones… the bold ones, exposed the flaws of the government officials and how they contributed, while some advised for all to take extra caution to avoid potential danger as the road is a death trap.
The route is described as disastrous as it is just one lane with motorists overtaking dangerously. The other side of the road is still under repair; hence, it’s a battle of small and heavy load vehicles.
In this part of the world, we hear advices like “The road is bad, be careful!” “Kidnappers are everywhere, be careful!”
I preach carefulness too… As a teacher, I am a natural advocate of safety and this involves risk assessment, present and potential risk.
Let’s understand that carefulness is key, whether in great or horrible condition, it should be applied… and Carefulness is for all! I mean FOR ALL!!!
It is sad to think that no matter how careful the driver of that bus was, the government wasn’t careful enough.
Do you need to re-read that sentence?
Allow me to help here…
“It is sad to think that no matter how careful the driver of that bus was, the government wasn’t careful enough.”
Yes, the other lane is under repair and obviously taking time but what happened to having Federal Road Safety Corps personnels on the road. I mean, asides checking the road worthiness of vehicles and other objectives of its establishment, they are to help reduce road traffic accidents. Stationing on routes like this would prevent a whole lot!
I wish, hope and long for a careful government, from the Federal sector to the Grassroots!
Carefulness is not an option only for the people. Just like patience, Carefulness is a virtue! And no one, not even the government is exempted when it comes to high moral standards.
Peace to the lost souls… Amen!!