Aside bad roads, over speeding, the incompetence of learners and drunk drivers are also responsible for road accidents in Nigeria. According to the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, on the on-going investigations of Late Minister James Ocholi’s death reveals that Ocholi’s driver did not have drivers’ license as his name was not found on the database of FRSC.
Corps Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, also blamed the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment on over speeding by his unlicensed driver, who conveyed the boss at an excessive speed. On Wednesday, Oyeyemi presented the accident’s Road Traffic Crash Investigation Interim Report to the Federal Executive Council , FEC, at the meeting of the body at the presidential villa, Abuja.
FEC also held valedictory session for the deceased, where President Mohammadu Buhari and some select ministers paid tributes to their fallen colleagues. Also at the meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, announced the funeral date of the minister, which may hold between 16th and 18th of March, 2016.
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Members of FEC led by President Buhari visited the family of the late minister after the meeting, and the presidency offered Minister Ocholi’s Eldest and only surviving son employment as well as scholarship to his other siblings. Recall that James Ocholi died on Sunday in a car accident with his wife and son, along Kaduna-Abuja road. The car somersaulted off the road into the bush and compressed badly thereby killing the three passengers, save the driver. FRSC, however, is yet to make further statements as to the whereabouts of the driver and his fate in the situation he has put himself into.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded four lost lives to auto crash between Sunday 6th March to Tuesday 8th March (Ocholi’s family and General Yusha’u Abubakar). These do not include several lives that are lost everyday on Nigeria highways but go unrecorded either because it occurred in remote areas and did not get media coverage or the victims were not “significant” enough to get into the news. Whichever the case, Nigerian roads have sucked enough blood!