A high powered delegation of the Ondo state government led by the chief of staff to the governor, Olugbenga Ale has visited Akugba Akoko community following the auto crash that claimed lives of some Adekunle Ajasin University students and traders in the town.
Speaking during the visit, the state government described the incident as one too many and commiserated with the University community and the families of the victims who died in the tragic incident.
Government house correspondent, Joseph Ikugbonmire reports that the state police boss, Bolaji Salami and other government officials accompanied the chief of staff to the governor to the Town.
It was an uneasy calm in the University community as angry youths barricaded the federal highway in the community and prevented movement of vehicles.
The angry youths refused to be pacified and rejected all entreatment from both the Alale of Akungba-Akoko, Oba Isaac Adeyeye and the government delegation who visited the scene.
The accident which involved a trailer loaded with bags of cement and other vehicles, left nine people dead while several others were injured, forcing the university to postpone examinations scheduled to begin on Monday indefinitely.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Olugbenga Ale, who expressed shock at the incident appealed to the angry youths to remain calm.
He explained that government was already looking into ways of putting an end to incessant accidents usually caused by trailers plying the area.
Earlier, the university’s vice Chancellor, Prof Olugbenga ige visited the scene and suggested that heavy duty vehicles should be barred from plying the route.
Prof. Ige in company of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Business Mr Gboyega Adefarati an indigene of Akungba Akoko and other
dignitaries including the Acting Registrar; Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa; Chairman, Akoko South West, Hon. Augustine Oloruntegbe; the Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Youth and Students Affairs, Hon. Muyiwa Ogunyemi, expressed displeasure over the incident.
The University has been shut indefinitely.