Parents of students of Day Secondary School, Field Base Suleja, Niger State, who were recently hit by a reckless driver, have described the state government’s payment of medical bills of their wards as good governance.
It would be recalled that on 26 July 2021, 11 students of the school were returning home from school when an overspeeding vehicle lost control and killed three of them on the spot while eight others sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
Expressing their gratitude when the state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin Salihu, visited the IBB Specialized Hospital, Minna, to pick up the bills of victims, they said the act goes to show that the government has the citizens at heart.
Earlier, Hajiya Salihu assured the parents of the decision of her ministry to settle the comprehensive medical bills of the victims.
“My visit today is to settle the previous bills of the two Students undergoing medical treatment in the hospital and also pay for their upcoming surgery scheduled for Monday 16th August 2021.
“The government is concerned and worried about their situation and will not relent in its effort to make sure the children are back on their feet to continue their academic pursuit.”
Presenting the parents with receipts of the payment for their surgery, food items and cash amounts for their upkeep, she said,
“Do not pay for anything in the hospital as the ministry has already settled all their bills.”
Aside from that, the commissioner donated an undisclosed amount of money to other sick people around in the hospital to mitigate the cost of receiving medical attention.
The eight victims were initially taken to a hospital in Suleja out of which one later died, five were discharged, while two were referred to undergo surgery at IBB Specialized Hospital, Minna.