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Obiano sets up panel on Onitsha accident

Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano has commiserated with the victims and families of the Onitsha accident that claimed seven lives and maimed 14 persons.

The accident which occurred around 4pm on March 13, along Upper Iweka Road, Onitsha, involved some vehicles, including a petrol tanker laden with about 33, 000 litres of kerosene.

In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Don Adinuba, the governor expressed sadness over the situation and directed that the surviving victims be given the best medical attention available while insisting that the state government would bear the cost of treatment.

The commissioner stated that “Gov. Obiano has also set up a panel to investigate the cause or causes of the accident and advised the state government on measures to take to avoid a similar occurrence.

“The panel will be headed by the commissioner for transport. The members are the commissioner for health, the attorney general and commissioner for justice, the commandant of the Anambra state Traffic Management Agency, the state commandant of the FRSC and a representative of the police.”

The committee is expected to submit its report within a week.

The fatal accident is the second major road accident on Upper Iweka Road, Onitsha, in four years. In June, 2015, the driver of a tanker carrying petrol lost control of his vehicle and rammed it into the Asba Motor Park, killing 69 persons, mostly street traders and hawkers as well as travelers.

The number of casualties in the latest incident would perhaps have been as high as that of four years ago, but for the state government’s policy prohibiting street trading and hawking in busy places in the state like Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha.