By: JOEY Anzaku, Lafia.
A commercial Sharon bus conveying eight Batch B Stream Two Corps Members to their Places of Primary Assignment in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Capital, knocked down a little girl, a resident of Sabo Gari village about two hundred meters away from the NYSC orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state, and somersaulted.
One of the victims of the auto accident, Mr Christopher Jonathan, explained that while on transit, ‘a little girl ran into the main road and the driver tried to dodge her but he couldn’t so he lost control of the wheel and knocked her down then our car somersaulted’. ‘The little girl died on the spot’, he added.
Father of the deceased girl, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim who said he left the untimely death of his daughter, Maridiya Ibrahim, in the hands of Allah, appealed to government and stakeholders to ensure regular mental check-up for drivers before mounting the steering.
The bus was totally damaged but no Corps Member live was lost to the serious auto- accident.
The injured Corps Members were given first-aid treatment at the Sabo Gari Primary Health-care Centre by some medical doctors from the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Shu’aibu, encouraged the Corps members to demonstrate high level of patriotism and contribute to the existing peace, unity and development of their host Communities.
Represented by the Nasarawa State co-ordinator of the scheme, Mr Abdullahi Jikamshi, the Director-General assured them of safety of their lives and property.
He also admonished them to accept their postings in good fate and shun social vices and local politics during the one-year national service.
Some of the Corps members: Rukiyat Aliyu and Fidelis Chukwudi promised to impact positively on the lives of their host Communities.