The Management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko(AAUA) has announced the postponement of examinations initially scheduled to commence on Monday, January 25, 2021, to honor some of its students who died in an accident on Saturday evening.
A statement by the Acting Registrar of the institution, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, informed that the examination was postponed until further notice.
Akinfemiwa stated that the State Government has been notified about the incident and they have begun the process of preventing a reoccurrence, with the number of casualties yet unknown.
The accident occurred after a truck conveying cement from Kogi State lost control and rammed into a shop close to the entrance gate of the institution, leading to the death of several persons.
The driver of the truck had lost control and rammed into a shop close to the entrance gate of the institution, killing several persons in the process
A total of 12 persons have been rescued out of the rubble.
The statement directed the main gate to be closed with immediate effect while staff and students are to make use of other gates.
The statement reads: “As a mark of respect for our departed students, the examinations scheduled to start on Monday, 24th January 2021, are hereby postponed till further notice.
“We appeal to our students to remain calm, as the University mourns those that lost their lives in this unfortunate incident.
“The University and the Ondo State Government are working round the clock to institute permanent solutions to the problem of incessant road accidents along Ikare-Akungba road.”
Meanwhile, an investigation revealed that some victims of the accident included a final year student, Oluwaseun Ojinni, popularly known as Topmost.
Two other victims were identified as Ayokunle Ben Makanjuola and his brother, Pope Kelvin.
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, popularly known as AAUA, is one of the universities in Nigeria located in Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.
The institution, after the nine-month ASUU strike, recently resumed academic activities on January 18, 2020, but will now be forced to be shut down again after the unfortunate incident.