At least six officials of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) died in a road accident on Sunday, April 24th, 2016.
The NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe and members of the National Officers’ Committee (NOC), the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman, Dr. Abdulgafar Jimoh and Sokoto State NMA members, while on their journey from Tangaza and Sokoto on free medical mission, received the sad news of the accident. In an immediate response, Kaduna State NMA dispatched a team of doctors to assess the situation.
NMA delegates from Ekiti State were on their way to Sokoto for the association’s week-long Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM). They were in a 13-passenger bus. The fatal accident occurred at the Abuja-Kaduna highway, about 60km from Kaduna.
The six doctors involved in the tragic event were: Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Ido-Ekiti; Dr. O. J. Taiwo of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH); Dr. Akinyele Alex, Ekiti State NMA Secretary and two-time President of ARD-FETHI; Dr. J. B. Ogunseye of the Ekiti State Hospital Management Board (HMB); Dr. Olajide Olayiwola, EKSUTH’s Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) President; and Dr. Atolani James of FTH Ido-Ekiti. The driver of the NMA bus, Mr. Ajibola was also killed.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has described the death of the six medical doctors and one driver as the lowest point in the history of the State and a monumental loss not only to the people of Ekiti State but to Nigerians, declaring a three days of mourning for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The governor, who directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast, described the death as an eclipse of professional and intellectual figures. The citizens lost their lives in active service to mankind. “Ekiti has lost some of the best trees in its forest of medicine. I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many,” he said.
In a release issued by the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said, “Death of seven prominent indigenes of a State in one day and at the same period is a burden too heavy to bear and it is my prayer that God, who is the only giver and taker of life will give Ekiti people the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
The governor urged families, friends and professional colleagues of the deceased, especially members of the NMA to solace in God who gives and takes when it pleases Him.
“It is my prayer that a tragic incident like this will not be witnessed in Ekiti State again and that God in His infinite mercies will console the families of the deceased. On behalf of my family, Government and people of Ekiti State, I express our heartfelt condolence for the loss of these promising sons of Ekiti and wish their families, friends and professional colleagues the continued support and guidance of the Almighty God,” the governor said.
Survivors of the crash underwent treatment at St. Gerard’s Hospital, Kaduna.
Credit: LIB (for Governor Fayose’s Press Release)