- The death of five prospective National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members from Akwa Ibom is still a trending topic
- The Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel has reacted to the issue with very emotional words
- The governor stated that it is a big loss to the state and gave hint that his administration will reach out to the families of the victims
The governor stated this while expressing grief over the death of five prospective National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members from Akwa Ibom who died on Wednesday, July 28 in a car accident on their way to orientation camp in Katsina state.
A black Wednesday for Akwa Ibom
He noted that it is painful to lose a child after investing much in raising them educationally and otherwise.
Governor Emmanuel made the comments while receiving the Director-General, NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim who was on a condolence visit to him on Thursday, July 29 at Government House, Uyo.
“We received with a heavy heart the news of the ghastly accident claiming the lives of our young graduates and I could feel the pains as a father.
“It is a very sad moment and a black Wednesday, well we can’t question God when things like this happen, it’s God that knows everything and He’s in control of everything but our heartfelt condolences will always and ever go out to the parents and the families of those corps members.
“Our prayers will always go to these our beloved sons and daughters who have lost their lives.”
He announced his intention to lead members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to the bereaved families and directed the commissioner for youth and sports, Sir Monday Uko to trace the affected families for a scheduled visit.
The governor thanked the NYSC boss, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim for his prompt reaction to the incident and condolence visit to the state and families of the corps members, describing him as a good shepherd who has demonstrated love and concern over the wellbeing of corps members.
A sad end for 5 prospective NYSC members
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the five prospective corps members lost their lives in an auto crash in Abuja.
They were travelling to Katsina state for the Batch B 2021 orientation course when the incident occurred.
The ghastly motor accident happened around 2 am on Wednesday, July 28 along the Abaji/Kwali expressway.
Meanwhile, an emerging video making the rounds has captured NYSC members embarking on a journey via a route that seems unfamiliar to many of them.
The corps members were captured crossing a sea into Taraba state with their bus being 'carried' on a boat.
The video has sparked mixed reactions among Nigerians on social media as many argued that the corps members risked their lives by embarking on such a journey.