September 6, 2016

DSS interim report indicts Oakland operator over death of 3 kids


*As Enugu govt orders parks to produce insurance cover within 14 days

By Francis Igata

ENUGU—The Department of State Services, DSS, yesterday, in its interim report, indicted the operator, spinning Tea Cup at Oakland Recreational Park, Enugu, where three kids died after a malfunction July 12.



This was even as the Enugu State Government, yesterday, ordered the operators of such recreational centres to within 14 days, produce a comprehensive Insurance cover for third party users of such facilities at their parks or be shut down while approval for the reopening of Oakland Recreational Park, which was shut by the state government following the tragic accident was also given.

Government also disclosed that there would henceforth be a monthly evaluation of recreational parks and event centres in the state in order to ascertain their level of compliance with standard safety guidelines while insisting that operators of such centres should have an insurance cover for third party users of their facilities.

While briefing newsmen in his office, yesterday, Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Chidi Aro, explained that government had set up three committees to look into the remote and immediate causes of the incident adding that the committee,headed by Mr. Igwe of the DSS,blamed the cause of the incident on human error.

According to Aro,”the DSS blamed the cause of the incident on the judgment of the spinning Tea Cup operator on ground. His indecision,helped create further problems. The facilities did not fail by their report. The indecision of the operator on ground which resulted in his making a different decision either to stop the machine or to have stayed with the children in the spinning Tea Cup resulted in the ugly incident.

“The summary of their report did not indict the facility but the operator. We have considered the reports which are interim. The final report will be made public in due course. The three deceased kids have been buried.”