By Ikeugonna Eleke
Dangote Group has issued cheques worth over N10million to traders and indigenes affected by an accident involving its truck which lost control and swerved into Afo Ibughubu Market in Umuchu, Aguata Council Area.
The accident which occurred early this year had reportedly claimed three lives, seven injuries, while most traders in the market lost their wares.
The company distributed the cheques to the beneficiaries at the office of the state Deputy Governor, Government House, Awka, when it, alongside some of the affected persons, paid him a courtesy visit.
Dangote Group paid the compensation to the beneficiaries through a representative of Nem Insurance PLC; an insurance company engaged by the company to settle damages caused by any of the company’s heavy duty trucks across the country.
Addressing the delegation, Governor Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended the group for compensating the affected persons, unlike before when the company’s drivers were known to run away from accident scenes, leaving their victims to bear their losses alone.
He said, ‘I encourage the beneficiaries to judiciously use the money given to them, noting however that no amount of money can replace their lost loved ones or property.’
Governor Obiano called on the company to devise means of giving back to society, noting that Anambra was also one of the major patrons of the company’s products in the country, especially its brand of cement.
Earlier, the representative of the Insurance Company, Mr. Kolawole Lateef, commended the state government and the victims of the accident for amicably settling with the company without involving the courts, and consoled the affected persons, especially those that lost their loved ones to the incident.