By Dayo Johnson
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode yesterday expressed condolence to the Government and people of Ondo State over the demise of three officials of the Government House Press Crew who died in an auto crash while on official trip with Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Prince Kayode said he was shocked over accident involving the convoy of the Ondo State governor along Okitipupa-Akinfosile road in the state.
He commiserated with the Government and the entire people of Ondo State over the unfortunate incident and prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
The Minister consoled the families of the deceased and called on God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.
Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner Ranti Akerele said the state is mourning the death of the two journalists and the driver of the Government Press Crew.
Akerele said one of the deceased who was a photo journalist with the State Ministry of Information took several photographs during last week’s laying down of arms by the militants in the riverine areas of the state.
The Commissioner described the deceased as dedicated journalists who contributed immensely to the state, adding that last weekend crash was a sad event that could not be easily forgotten.
According to him, the state government has sent officials led by him to visit the families of the deceased and have assured them of government continued assistance.
Meanwhile, seven other journalists that sustained various degrees of injuries in the crash have been transferred from the Okitipupa hospital to the state Specialist hospital in Akure, the state capital.
Surgeries have been done on two of them while another with fracture in his right leg would be operated upon soon.
One of them has been discharged from hospital while the remaining six are still on admission.
The State Chapter of the NUJ has commiserated with the families of the deceased journalists.
Chairman of the Union in the state, Dele Atunbi said in Akure that there is need to institute special insurance policy for journalists particularly those attached directly to political office holders.