Zamfara State Governor Dr. Bello Mohammed has stated that he will reintroduce punitive measures of death on reckless drivers in the state adding that such drivers will be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost.
The Governor revealed this on Saturday when he led Members of his Executive Council and the Management of BUA Group to a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau Alhaji Ibrahim Bello over the death of 15 Persons from the Emirate, a statement by his Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication, Yusuf Idris Gusau said.
The Governor, who expressed sadness over the death of 15 persons who were killed by a reckless truck driver on Wednesday along Gusau/Funtua road, announced a donation to the family of the deceased.
“N2 million to families of the deceased who had a wife and N1.5 million to families of those unmarried among them” the statement said.
The governor also declared that he will put the next of kins of each of the victims on a monthly allowance of N50,000 each.
He stated that the 15 next of kins will remain on the state’s payroll till the end of his tenure as governor of the state.
He also said 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 usually end up on fatalities.
Matawalle noted that 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 valuable.
He urged management of BUA company to call their drivers to order and caution them on acceptable speed limit.
Earlier, the team leader from BUA, Engr. Aminu Suleiman said they were in the state to condole with the government, Gusau emirate, people of the state and the immediate families of those who were killed as a result of accident involving the company’s driver.
He prayed Allah to forgive the short comings of the deceased and for the government and people of the state to take heart over the unfortunate incident.
In his response, the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello thanked Governor Matawalle and BUA Company reminding them that every life must taste death and that as Muslims.
He said such happenings are usually seen as an act of Allah who knows best why they happen at the time they happen.
The monarch assured that the governor’s donation will be utilized strictly for the intended purposes.
The condolence visit was attended by Senator Sahabi Ya’u, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nasiru Muazu Magarya, SSG, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Chief of Staff, Col. Bala Mande (rtd), Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Bashir Mohammed Maru and the Permanent Secretary Office of the Executive Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Jafaru Maradun among others.