From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State has vowed to impose punitive measure of death penalty on reckless drivers in the state.
Matawalle made the declaration weekend when he led members of his cabinet and the management of BUA Group for a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello over the death of 15 persons in an auto crash which occurred recently.
The Governor insisted that, henceforth, reckless drivers will be compelled by a law to be enacted to compensate for the number of lives they killed in an accident if they are found to have driven recklessly the driver that killed the 15 people did..
Governor Matawalle who expressed sadness over the incidence announced a donation of N2 million to families of each of the deceased that had a family burden, while the sum of N1.5 million was given to families of the victims who were single among them.
The governor also declared that he will put the next of kin of each of the deceased on a monthly allowance of N50,000 each, and will remain on the state’s payroll till the end of his tenure.
He said his administration will introduce speed limit gauge on highways as well as weight measurement for trucks and also a drug test for drivers in order to guard against rough and reckless driving which usually end up in fatalities.
Earlier, the team leader from BUA, Engr. Aminu Suleiman, said they were in the state to condole with the government, Gusau emirate, people of the state and the immediate families of those who were killed in the accident.
In his response, the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello thanked Governor Matawalle and BUA Company over their concern, noting that every life must taste death and that as Muslims, such happenings are usually seen as an act of Allah who knows best why they happened.