The National Union of Imo State Students (NUISS) has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic accident that occurred at IMSU junction on May 18, 2024.

A large truck collided with two mini buses loading passengers, resulting in the death of seven individuals, including a lecturer and two students from Imo State University. Several others were critically injured in the incident.

In a press release issued by Comrade Benjamin Anochie, NUISS National President, the union extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. The release emphasized the profound loss felt by the university community, noting the significant contributions of the deceased to education and student life.

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The NUISS called for immediate action to enhance safety at busy intersections and bus stops to prevent future tragedies. They urged Governor Hope Uzodinma, who quickly established a panel to investigate the accident, to implement specific measures:

  1. Prohibit the loading of passengers within 40 meters of the IMSU junction.
  2. Install speed bumps 20 meters and 30 meters from the junction to control vehicle speed in the heavily trafficked student area.

The NUISS also encouraged all students to remain vigilant and prioritize safety.

“May the souls of the departed rest in peace and may their families find the strength to endure this profound loss,” the statement concluded.