Ogun State House of Assembly has assured that the new State Accident Victims First –Aid law, 2016, is meant to save the lives of accident victims through the creation of a platform for funding of first aids and treatment of road accident victims in private and government owned hospitals across the State.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi gave the assurance in his opening address at the Stakeholders’ forum on the bill titled: “H.B No 06/OG/2016-a Bill for a Law to provide of Fund for Road Accident Victims Emergency Treatment through the Purchase of Road Accident Emergency Fund Emblem by all Vehicles plying roads in Ogun State and for other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith”, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Adekunbi represented by his Deputy, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo remarked that the forum was organized to harness the views and contributions of stakeholders towards having a people oriented legislation committed tosaving lives of victims of road accidents in the State.
The Speaker, who noted that the enactment of the law was considered important to cater for victims as it would have direct effect on human lives, cautioning that the inability of accident victims to pay for the required medication and treatment at any nearest hospital to the accident scene always led to avoidable loss of human lives which must be avoided.
“The bill is part of efforts of the legislative arm of government at providing the necessary platform for the funding of an efficient first aid rescue and treatment to avert incessant loss of lives from road mishaps. The bill is therefore aimed at introducing Accident Emergency Fund Emblem for Vehicles plying roads across the State”, he stated.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, represented by the Director in charge of Ambulance Services, Dr. Hassan Adelakun noted that the law would protect the first aid workers and health care providers to continue to render health care to the people without hindrance.
In their various contributions, the Corps Commander of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, (TRACE), Comm. Seni Ogunyemi represented by his Deputy, Commander Sola Bamidele, described the bill
as a humanitarian scheme which would give succor to road accident victims, saying that the scheme would complement the efforts of all traffic management agencies at discharging its live saving responsibilities.
In his closing remarks, the Sponsor of the bill and Chief Whip of the House of Assembly, Hon. Idowu Olowofuja appreciated the contributions of the stakeholders with a promise that the Assembly would harmonise all inputs and ensure the speedy passage of the bill.