Ekiti State Government has declared three days of mourning – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – for the six medical doctors from the state, killed in road accident, Sunday evening.
The six officials of Medical Association of Nigeria and one driver from the state, reportedly died in an accident involving a 13-passenger bus travelling from Ekiti to Sokoto for official engagement.
The doctors were travelling to Sokoto for the association’s Annual General Meeting.
The tyre of the bus they were travelling in was said to have burst, while trying to manage the situation, the bus was said to have hit a culvert.
The affected doctors took off from Ekiti State Sunday hoping to arrival Monday in time for the AGM’s opening ceremony on Tuesday April 26.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has declared three days of mourning and directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast.
He described their death as an eclipse of professional and intellectual figures, who 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 his 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 live 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 take solace in God who giveth and taketh when it pleases Him.
“It is my prayer that 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.