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Senate Mourns Late Oba of Benin, Deceased Ekiti Medical Doctors

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A fairly quiet day at the Senate saw the upper chamber extend its deepest condolences to the people of Edo and Ekiti States respectively over the recent deaths of the Oba of Benin and 6 members of the Ekiti State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association who lost their lives in an auto crash along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway in April.

Mourning the demise of the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Omo N’oba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediuawa, CFR in a motion sponsored by the 3 Edo State Senators (Matthew Urhoghide, Francis Alimikhena and Clifford Ordia), the Senate noted that the late 38th Oba of Benin had duly established himself as a wise manager of human affairs whose greatest attributes were the friendships he cultivated that cut across religious, ethinc and tribal barriers throughout his 37 year reign.

Honouring the late Oba with a minute silence, the Senate resolved to send a delegation to commiserate and condole with the Crown Prince, HRH Edaiken of Uselu, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the Benin royal family, the good people of Benin Kingdom and the Government of Edo State.

With regards to the 6 Ekiti medical doctors and their driver who perished in the auto crash while on their way to Sokoto for the 56th NMA Annual General Conference/Annual Delegates Meeting, the Senate expressed its worry over Nigeria’s poor road safety that made road accidents the leading cause of death in Nigeria, year in, year out.

The 6 medical doctors were Dr. Aladesanmi (FMC Ado-Ekiti), Dr. Ojo Taiwo (Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital), Dr Akinyele Lexy (Secretary NMA), Dr Ogunseye (Ekiti State Health Management Board), Dr Olajide (President EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors) and Dr Adeniyi James (FMC Ado Ekiti)

In its resolutions, the Senate urged the Federal Government and other relevant government agencies to set up ambulance services along Nigeria’s major highways while calling on FERMA (Federal Road Maintenance Agency) and the Ministry of Works to ensure a renewed vigour in its road maintenance and reconstruction of all portions of Nigerian Roads. It also called on the FRSC (Federal Road Safety Corps) to step up its public enlightenment campaign on the use of Nigerian highway codes. 

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who chaired the day’s proceedings said that speed limits must be enforced by all the regulatory agencies.

Petrol  Price Increase Crisis

Still on the impending industrial action threatened by Nigeria’s Labour unions over the increase of the pump price of petrol, the Senate directed its Committee on Labour to ensure that it constantly interfaced with the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress teams that were currently at the negotiation table.

Following a half an hour executive session, the Deputy Senate president declared that the Senate had mandated its Committee on Labour under the chairmanship of Mohammed Nasif to commence dialogue with the negotiating parties with a view to ensuring an early resolution of the crisis.

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