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UNILAG’s many road mishaps

Posted by: Campus Life

In recent times, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has witnessed a series of road crashes, severe and minor, which have left many victims with various injuries. Many are still in the medical centre receiving treatments.
On June 18, a bike ridden by a student rammed into a jeep owned by a lecturer in front of the School Pharmaceutical shop. The incident left the rider in a pool of blood and the bike, completely damaged.
In July, yet another accident occurred on Distance Learning Institute (DLI) road, near the second school gate. A car veered off the road and hit a streetlight pole. The front part of the car was badly destroyed, to the extent that the vehicle’s airbag opened to ensure the occupants’ safety.
A few days after, the campus witnessed another crash one early morning; a car driven by an unidentified man hit another owned by a female student in front of New Hall. In an attempt to escape, the man injured the lady but he was later arrested, thanks to the security personnel, who contacted their men at the gates to man every escape route.
The latest in this season of accidents occurred at the school main gate on Friday, July 26, afternoon. A car entering the campus skidded off its lane, hitting a signboard firmly rooted to the concrete demarcating the two-lane road in the university.
This raises a lot of questions as to the nuisance over-speeding vehicles generally constitute on the campus. With disturbing noise, students carelessly ride power bikes on the campus, despite the caution signposts strategically placed across the campus.
It must be said that, in Akoka, there is no speed-limit signpost anywhere apart from the speed breakers on the road. There are little or no traffic signs on the roads except the zebra-crossing, which some motorists ignore.
On a two-lane road, not a highway, one wonders why we continue to have an average of one accident per week in an academic environment. This is an indication that work needs to be done in checking over-speeding and drivers’ state of mind in ensuring compliance to traffic rules by motorists plying the campus roads.
This way, many fatal accidents would have been prevented. Management should look into this to ensure safety of students and other members of the university community.

Adeyemi, 300-Level, Physics and Education, UNILAG

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