Parents of Kaduna Drowned Students Demand Unpaid Compensation

Parents of students of Victory school Kaduna, who drowned in River Kaduna on October 11, 2017 during excursion to Kaduna State Water Board, have called on President Muhammadu and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to interven over unpaid compensation 14 months after the tragedy took place in the state.

Five (5) of the affected parents, where at  the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Kaduna on Thursday, said the recommendation to pay compensation by President Buhari and Governor El-Rufai were yet to be carried out by the Ministry of Finance months after.

But in a quick reaction, Kaduna State government said paucity of resources was responsible for the delay in the payment.

It said the compensation would be paid as soon as the government gets money.

Benedict Unuomogwe, who spoke on behalf of other parents said: “Since the incident happened in 2017, we want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for his pronouncement a week after the incident for investigation and compensation to the affected families.

“Mr. President, Sir, it is either your order or instruction was not carried out or some group of people might as well sat on the compensation.”

These parents further thanked El-Rufai for adopting the report and giving approval of the compensation to them, intimating him however the order was yet to be carried out as well.

They went further to say that: “Our Governor, Sir, series of letters have been written to you through the Ministry of Education and office of your Chief of Staff which we want to believe the letters have not gotten to you.

“In view of all these, the affected parents are requesting for an audience with Mr. President”.

Responding, Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani, said government was aware of the unfortunate incident and took immediate action to mitigate the trauma of the parents

HE gave assurance that as soon as resources are available, the compensation would be paid.

The affected parents are: Mr. Benedict Unuomogwe, Mr. Henry T. Umanyi, Mr. Basil Ukaegbu, Mr. Romanus Onuigbo and Mr. Abiodun Arogundade.


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