By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), has expressed deep sadness over the death of one of its pioneer members, Chief Dominic Uzu from a ghastly accident along Kaduna-Zaria Highway on Tuesday February 4, 2020.
This was contained in a statement signed by its Secretary, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available on Wednesday February 5.
“While we mourn our departed colleague, we extend our sincere condolences to his wife, children, families and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council, where he once served as Secretary.
“We are grieved because this was an avoidable death, if the Federal Government had taken proactive measures temporarily in filling up the potholes on the highway, even as we commend ongoing efforts on total overhauling of the ever busy route,” it stated.
It explained that the SWAN Kaduna State chairman, Comrade Isaiah Benjamin is still in shock, as the deceased was a close colleague, with whom they experienced good and bad moments.
SWAN therefore, instructed its members to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased, even as it plans a candle light solemn assembly in his honour.
SWAN also urged its members to pray for divine healing of his daughter, who is said to be in critical condition and receiving medical attention at a medical facility.
“Chief Uzu’s wealth of experience would be thoroughly missed. May his soul rest in peace. We pray God grants his family, friends and colleagues the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss,” it concluded.
It would be recalled recalled that Chief Uzu alongside four other passengers were burnt to death from a ghastly road accident when a truck dodging potholes rammed into the commercial vehicle he was traveling in while taking his daughter to school at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, resulting into the his death alongside three others on the spot when the vehicle burst into flames.