Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has lamented over the death of fifteen persons crushed by BUA truck in the state.
The governor who expressed his grief over the exit of 15 lives from the emirate proposes death sentence on reckless drivers in the state. Matawalle stated this when members of his Executive Council and the Management of BUA Group paid a condolence visit to the palace of the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello over the demise of the individuals from the emirate.
According to him, drivers found wanted of such will be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost.
The governor’s statement was contained in a press statement signed and issued to reporters in Gusau, the state capital by the governor’s Director-General, Media and Public Enlightenment Affairs, Mr. Yusuf Idris Gusau.
Naija News learnt that the 15 persons were killed as a result of reckless driving by a truck driver who ran into them on Wednesday, August 26 along Gusau/Zaria road.
However, Matawalle has announced a donation of N2 million to families of each of the deceased who had a wife and N1.5 million to families of those unmarried among them, Naija News understands.
He said, “In my magnanimity, I likewise declared that I will put the next of kin of each of the victims on a monthly allowance of N50,000 each.”
He added that the fifteen next of kin will remain on the state’s payroll till the end of his tenure as governor of the state. Matawalle in the statement also noted that his administration will introduce “speed limit gauge on highways as well as weight measurement on trucks and drug tests on drivers in order to guard against rough and reckless driving which he said usually ends up in fatalities.
“The measures had become necessary so that drivers and their families will no longer think they will have it easy if the drivers kill anyone, adding that the lives of the citizens of the state are more valuable than any other thing,” Matawalle noted.
The governor urged the management of BUA company to call their drivers to order and caution them on the acceptable speed limit. He described the horrible event as monumental and admonished the families of the deceased to consider it as an act of Allah, praying that the deceased persons’ souls will be accepted in Jannatul Firdaus.