A report has been submitted by the nine-member committee set up by the Lagos State Government on the compensation of the victims of the BRT and train collision which occurred in the state on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
A train had run into a BRT transporting mainly staff of the Lagos State Government who were on their way to their various offices.
Six lost their lives while many sustained injuries during the unfortunate event.
Speaking to newsmen about the tragedy, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredric Oladeinde, said: “Findings of the report showed that the accident had six fatalities from a total of 102 passengers involved, with 85 passengers on board the staff bus, while 17 were on the train.
“The committee as part of its recommendations advised: Death benefits from the Group Life Insurance for families of the deceased, provision of employment to one employable child of the deceased and a concessionary scholarship to one of the deceased’s biological children.
“Injured accident victims were also recommended in the report to be paid full insurance claims as compensation while any staff victim with a permanent disability is also to be compensated in line with the Group Life Insurance Policy of the State, among other benefits.”
The committee set up by the government which includes Permanent Secretaries from pertinent Ministries of the State Public Service was established to identify the families of the deceased and their dependents.
Those injured officers were also to be identified to decide the suitable compensation packages for each victim and their family.
“A final decision on the committee’s recommendations will be taken by the State Executive Council and further directives communicated by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola,” Oladeinde confirmed.
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