Following the road accident which claimed the lives of four students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, on Saturday, parents have been visiting the school to know if their wards were among the casualties.
No fewer than four students of the institution lost their lives while 11 others got injured in a fatal road accident that occurred on Akure-Ilesa Expressway at Ibulesoro town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State when they were traveling to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital for a religious programme.
Our correspondent gathered that after the news of the accident broke, many parents of the students of the institution had been anxious to know the status of their children since the identities of the students had not been revealed by the management of the school.
A parent, Mrs. Agnes Adetifa told our correspondent that she was very disturbed when she could not reach her child on the telephone when she heard of the news of the accident.
She said, “I have to rush down to the school to come and see my child because I could not get her and her room mate on phone on Saturday when I saw the news of the accident on Facebook, that is why I quickly came down to see her. ”
It was also gathered that those parents who could not travel to see their children had been calling them on the telephone.
The Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, in his reaction, denied the influx of parents on the campus saying there was no panic or tension in the school over the incident.
He said, “I don’t think this is true, even if the parents have been coming to the school, it may be out of abundance of caution and to also show solidarity to their children.
“Because of the way the incident was handled and the quick intervention of the university, there is no any form of panic anywhere on the campus and all the parents of the affected students have been informed.”
He said the school would soon come out with the names of the students that were involved in the accident.