Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has taken swift action following a recent accident involving a government house driver and a commercial motorcycle rider.
On Sunday, Otti ordered the immediate suspension of Onyebuchi Steven, a driver at the Government House in Umuahia, pending a thorough investigation into the incident.
In a statement released by the state’s government house and made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, it was announced that a comprehensive investigation would be conducted to determine the driver’s culpability in the accident.
Furthermore, Governor Otti directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, to ensure that the injured okada rider, identified as Orji Felix, receives top-notch medical treatment at no expense to him or his family.
The accident occurred when Steven, driving a Toyota Hilux pick-up, collided with Felix, who had just picked up a passenger by the roadside and was preparing to depart. The incident took place on Federal Road, near the Old Soldier junction in Ohafia. Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were swiftly evacuated to a nearby hospital, as reported by the state government.
While the passenger received treatment for minor injuries and was subsequently discharged from a local hospital in Ohafia, Felix’s injuries were more severe. According to Dr. Okoronkwo, Felix sustained multiple fractures in his left leg and right arm.
Dr. Okoronkwo provided initial first aid treatment and bandaged Felix’s injured leg and arm before he was evacuated in an ambulance from Ohafia to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia.
Felix is currently admitted to the Crowther Ward at FMC, where he is in stable condition, according to nurses on duty. He was observed interacting and responding positively to inquiries about his condition. When asked about the pain in his left leg, he replied, “The pain is not as severe anymore.”
The state government expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the medical staff on duty in caring for the injured okada rider and reiterated Governor Otti’s directive that Felix should receive the best possible medical attention during his recovery.