Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin lost 3 of its lecturers in a road accident in December in Abudu village, Edo State. Ezekiel Efeobhokhan 600 level pharmacy reports.
The University of Benin is currently thrown into mourning as it lost 3 lecturers in a road accident. The lecturers were said to be on their way from a conference on biotechnology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University on Thursday 8th December. The three lecturers were all from the faculty of pharmacy.
The names of the deceased lecturers were Prof. Lucky Okunrobo; Head of department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dr. Godwin Joseph; Head of department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Dr. Saturday Idemudia; Assistant lecturer, department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
Students were seen discussing the incident in low tones in the sports complex of the university. They were gathered to play the Dean’s cup features between the 600 level and the 400 level class. But as soon as the death of the lecturers were confirmed, they all burst into tears, as a result the match was postponed.
The report had it that a tanker filled with PMS burst into flames after colliding with a bullion van. Hence the flames engulfed several vehicles behind the tankers among which was the car the lecturers were travelling on. The accident claimed 53 lives.
Commenting on their death, the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Student PANS Andrew Akhabue stated that their death was a monumental loss to the faculty, university and the nation at large.
His words; “It is saddening to lose three of our finest teachers in a very tragic manner. Words cannot express our pains. We can only pray to God to rest their souls in perfect peace. Amen”.
Another student who was an eye witness to the accident and also pleaded not to be named blamed the Nigerian police for the loss of such number of lives. According to her, after the accident the police were busy saving the bullion van while others screamed for their lives in the inferno. Hear her “I wonder where this country is going to. I saw the victims screaming for their lives, the police condoned us away and began saving the bullion van as they watched others burn. They caused the accident by their reckless driving now they couldn’t save any life, instead they went after money”
PANS had since organized a 3 days procession for the lecturers. During the procession, Andrew expressed the sadness of the lecturer’s death to the Vice-chancellor and his principal officers and made some requests to the management. Among which was the immortalization the lecturers as they died in the line of duty. The vice chancellor spoke assuredly to the pharmacy students and said their request will be considered by the management as they too had declared a 3 days mourning for the deceased lecturers.
“We are all grieved by the death of these lecturers. Dr. Joseph was my friend. I was shocked by the news of their death. We have heard your request and the management will review all your demands”. He said. The Vice-chancellor and the school management paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased last week Wednesday.
Extending his condolence the National President of the National Fellowship of Christian Pharmacy Student NFCPS, Emmanuel Nwachukwu stated that only God would console the family of the deceased. He however, described the death as unimaginable.
Ehidiamen Olobor a 600 level student described Dr. Idemudia as humble and lovely. His words; “I usually call him ID. He is a perfect man, humble and a friend to all. He is a reservoir of knowledge and a kind man. I never thought I will talk about him in past tense as I am doing now. It is so painful to have lost you this early sir.”