- EKSTMA to enforce street trading law•
BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly have commiserated with the people of Iworoko Ekiti over Saturday’s accident in the town which led to the death of about 12 people.
The Governor who had earlier directed the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, to pay condolence visit to the community on Sunday morning, said in a statement that he was saddened and devastated by the news of the fatal accident.
Noting that many lives have been lost to the recklessness of many trailer drivers, he said government might be compelled to re-introduce some old laws and previous arrangements to deal with the menace.
The Governor said Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA) would henceforth be more rigid in its enforcement of street trading laws.
He said market stalls were constructed in various local government areas in order to discourage street trading, adding that government will now accelerate completion of those markets and build new ones to avoid a repeat of these tragedies.
Fayemi urged the community leaders and families of the victims of the accident to remain calm even as “we collectively mourn the death of our beloved ones in the unfortunate incident.”
The Governor said: “This is a huge tragedy and a painful experience, not only for the families of the victims but for all of us. We share with the people of Iworoko and families of the victims the pain and sorrow of the unfortunate development.
“Our prayer is that God will be with you during this painful period. Government will also look at areas of support with a view to ameliorating the pains”.
In the same vein, the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeniran Alagbada expressed shock and sadness over the ghastly accident, which claimed several lives, and left multiple persons injured at Iworoko market.
Alagbada described the incident as a huge loss and damage to the Ekiti people at a time when most of them never had premonitions of their death.
“I have received with huge shock, the report of the death of several persons and others injured in an accident involving a large truck. It is distasteful and an unpleasant news at this time.”
The Speaker, in a statement by his media aide, Oluwatoyin Babalola expressed his condolences to the family of the bereaved and prayed that God grant them the fortitude to come to terms with the loss.
Hon. Alagbada also wished those injured, quick recovery while assuring that he would engage the state executive to provide necessary support to aid their treatment and recovery.
While thanking men of the Ekiti state transport, management agency, the police and other stakeholders for their response to the accident, he noted that measures must be put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of such tragedy.
May God avert such tragedy and keep us in peace.