Okowa declares Monday public holiday to mourn death of four principals in auto crash
The principals were reportedly returning from a meeting to resolve the strike action embarked by government school teachers in Delta state.
A statement by commissioner for Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the governor has declared holiday on Monday, March 27 in all public schools in the state to mourn the principals.
He stated “The Delta State Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education regrets to announce the death of three Secondary School Principals and one Vice Principal in a road traffic accident while on their way for an official assignment in Kwale.
“The Ministry received the news of their tragic and untimely death with great shock. The loss of these dedicated officers at the prime of their service to the State and the Nation has created a huge vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
“Our hearts also go out to the other Principals and Director of the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) who sustained varying degrees of injuries in the accident.
“Consequently, the Governor has declared Monday, 27th March, 2017 as a day of mourning in all public schools in the state as a mark of honour to these dedicated officers. In this regard, affected schools (aside from those writing the WASSC Examinations) are to close down that day.”
The commissioner said Normal classes and school would resume on Tuesday 28th March ahead of the 2nd Term Examinations, which would commence on Wednesday 29th March, 2017.
The Ministry commiserated with the bereaved families, colleagues, students and loved ones and prays God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and a full and speedy recovery to those recuperating in hospital.
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