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School bus tragedy: Three pupils burnt in Abuja

*Association of Proprietors mourns their death

*Education Board not doing their jobs well

National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, FCT chapter, has described the death of three pupils in a school bus as shocking and disastrous.

Samira Jamira, the President of the association expressed this view during the procession in honour of the children on Sunday by mourning parents, friends and associates which went round the streets and terminated at the school gate.

According to the association, the death of three pupils of Je’nisi Little Drops International School, Lugbe, who lost their lives in school bus inferno on Thursday, 1st February, was sad.

Jamira said the association had made it a point of duty to sensitise school authorities on the need to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of school children while in school.

She said: “It is so sad that lives were lost. We have done so many training for teachers, school drivers and school owners to ensure safety. But it is not everyone that attends our meeting; some of the school owners are not even our members.

“We will also continue to engage school owners and give them the advice we can, we cannot force them to do the needful because enforcement comes from the regulatory agencies.”

Jamira, however, called on the FCT administration and regulatory agencies to be alive to their responsibilities toward safety of pupils in school.

According to her, these regulatory bodies are supposed to embark on inspections of school to ascertain the level of security vis-à-vis security gadgets like fire extinguisher and the likes.

She added that the regulatory bodies should ensure that buses used in conveying school pupils were in order with all the security gadgets.

Jamira said: “School owners must ensure that their buses are safe, of course sometimes some things happen but you must ensure the buses are in good condition.

“The drivers should also know the safety measure to take when such things happens and also the mode of communication is very important to assist in case of emergency.

“On our part as an association, we will continue to train and sensitise school owners on safety measures in schools.’’
Jamira sympathised with the families of the children who lost their lives.

It would be recalled that on Thursday, 1st February, a school bus belonging to Je’nisi Little Drops International School caught fire on Bamanga Tukur Street inside Trade Moore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja.

It was gathered that three pupils who were in the school bus sleeping at the time of the incident lost their lives.

One of the pupils died instantly in the fire while the two others later died on Saturday in a hospital.

All schools located inside the Estate locate off Umar Musa Yar’Adua international airport road shut down on Monday to honour the three pupils.

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