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COOU VC To Introduce Fresh Measures On Road Usage

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Gabriel Alonta, Lawrence Nwimo

The Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Prof Greg Nwakoby has said that the university will introduce strict measures and road rules to stop road crash and ensure safety of university staff and students plying Igbariam roads leading to the university campus.

This is following the tragedy that struck the institution in which three undergraduates including a 400 level student of English department died in series of fatal accidents along the roads leading to the school.

Orientdaily reported that the victims were three female students of the institution who were said to have met their untimely deaths between Friday and Sunday after they had boarded motorcycles to their various destinations.

In a release made available to Orientdaily on Tuesday, Prof Nwakobi after an on-the-spot assessment assured students and the entire university community that the management has devised plans to ensure that such incident does not repeat again in the institution.

Prof Nwakobi said that the institution in light of the incidents have considered construction of bumps along the Igbariam roads leading up to the university, these he said will curtail excessive overspeeding by motorcyclists along the major roads. He also hinted that the institution would Plan a reorientation exercise to bikers on road usage and moderate riding.

He reminded the students and the university community that a strict directives have been given to the transport operators within the University Community to ensure that safe and careful road usage is implemented or actions would be taken against defaulters.

Prof Nwakobi however urged students and the entire university community to pray for the university and peaceful repose of the soul of victims futher advicing that the university community should look up to God in prayer especially as the year is winding up.

Meanwhile, the institution’s Public Relation Officer, Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwueloka urged the university community not to panic in light of the recent incident assuring that the management is working tirelessly to see that the off-campus situation in the school is a thing of the past.

He maintained that the University Management, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Greg. C. Nwakoby had before now signed an MoU with five different companies to build a 600 capacity hostel each noting that three out of them have started construction. He said that the projects when completed will address the off-campus syndrome in the university.

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