Mark wants Bayelsa auto crash victims immortalized

FRSC officials
FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials

The Senate President, David Mark, has urged the federal government to immortalize the 11 ​women leaders in Bayelsa State, ​who died in an auto crash in Bayelsa on Saturday.

​The women were members of the ​Bayelsa branch leaders of Women For Change, an organisation sponsored by ​the ​First Lady​,​ Patience Jonathan,

In a statement signed by ​his​ Chief Press Secretary to the state, Paul Mumeh, Mr. Mark said the women died serving the country and should be honoured to that effect.

The statement read, “The Senate President urged the government of Bayelsa state to immortalize the deceased for their unquantifiable contributions to the development of the state.

“Mr Mark in the condolence message, lamented that the women died in their prime at a time when their productive hands were needed to solve the socio-economic and political problems facing the nation. Mr Mark said the women died in their active services to the nation and should be accorded such honour. He said the women paid the supreme prize and should be remembered as heroines of Bayelsa.”

Mr Mark also sympathized with President Goodluck Jonathan, the victims’ families, the government and people of Bayelsa state over the death of prominent women. He urged them to accept the incident in good fate.

The women died in a ghastly car crash on Ahoada axis of East-West road in Rivers State.

According to the Bayelsa Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Vincent Jack, nine persons were burnt to death, two died without burns, while many others who sustained injuries were rushed to Madonna clinic in the area.

Mr. Jack said the tyres of a Toyota Sienna ran into the bus that conveyed the women, causing the cars to burst into flames.

Some of the victims were listed by a former councilor in Ogbia Local Government Area, Gbaregolo Eseimokumo were Consider Amadi, a former women leader in Ogbia, Clara Abila, a grassroots politician, Immaculate Amasimua, former Commissioner at the Civil Service Commission in Bayelsa; and Elisabeth Oguru, wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Zimbra Goma, former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ruby Benjamin, former House of Assembly member representing Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa.

A security official said all the women in the bus, but one, died and the survivor is receiving medical attention.

They were said to be in Rivers state for a solidarity visit to Patience Jonathan.


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  • Wähala

    Sen. David Mark is a huge embarrassment to the Senate and a major dis-servant of Nigeria. Calling for immortalization for rural women who went to pay solidarity visit with First Hippo of Nigeria whose office is not even recognized by our Constitution is the height of ass-licking sycophancy unbecoming of a Senator much less, President of the Senate. What service to the nation were the victims rendering when they met their waterloo because their son-in-power refused to fix the East-West Road in 6yrs that he’s been gulping ogogoro on the Rock? David Mark needs his bald head covered with a kabiyesi fila, seems too much cold breeze is affecting his reasoning. Stoopid Clown… Péna!

    • ASHEJI

      IT’S UNFORTUNATE FROM A NUMBER 3 CITIZEN. MAY THEIR SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • Agbo Gabriel

    I sincerely don’t want to believe Senator Mark made the above statement but should he, then this is the climax of insensitivity from such exalted office not just the person occupying such. 20 young Nigerians had their funeral organized by the state in the name of Immigration job that was never given which had his wife’s firm conduct through his political godson Cmrd. Abba Moro(Interior Minister) and Senator Mark kept mum because of his complicity. Hundreds of Nigerians mostly his kinsmen die yearly on Otukpo-Otukpa-Obollo Affor express way because same road was awarded his wife through Rockbridge construction company owned by IBB and failed to deliver yet our Disting. Senator never spoke against such. I, for one don’t celebrate the death of a fellow man but think about this, former Minister of Niger-Delta Elder Godsday Orubebe said the East-West road a done deal and faulted FERMA’s claim of shoddy work allegation. We know the killers of these poor souls who danced, loved and followed Mama peace to the grave(God forgive me for saying this naked). We all wait till March 28.

  • taewo

    My condolence goes to the families of those involved in this disaster. May the soul of the departed live in peace!

    But I don’t know why David mark wants them to be immortalised for attending a political event organised by Patience jonathsn.

  • Omo Akin

    Hey Dave, when will you agitate for the Federal Government to immortalize Dr. Adadevoh who patriotically stood her ground and saved Nigerians from the ebola spreading Taylor but paid with her own life?

  • bissyshobbo@aol.com

    God save Nigeria from all these sycophant called leaders

  • The people

    People immortalised themselves in heart of the nation or others they serve. So did Nelson Mandela. Do you hear anyone say, let us immortalised Mandela.The Man did it himself. So this odious politicians like Mark who have no clue what they talking about, keep letting themselves down. What has Nigeria done to deserve the likes of Mark?

  • Dodondawa

    David Maaaarkkk? I can’t believe you made this suggestion. Can you tell Nigerians the rationale behind this. Honestly you are an embarrassment and an unrepentant hypocrite. You should bury your head in shame.

  • Amir

    These are the kind of idiotic elements presiding over affairs in this country. A senate president calling for the immortalisation of these selfish politicians while not saying a word over the 20 unemployed graduates who perished under this president and his immigration employment scam collaborators like Mark. What about the parents of the Chibok girls and the missing students? Mark represents stupidity in governance, Nonsense.

  • Onike24

    When we have not immortalized Dr Adadevoh, or Dr Akunyuli? Are these people for real?

    • progress

      David mark is the slickest of of them all. Hypocrite.

      • Onike24

        I couldn’t agree more!

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  • Nuga A

    What type of people do we have leading us now?can you hear a senate president talking nonsense immortalize those that went to visit a president wife for political campaign and had accident on their way back home,saying they died for serving Nigeria.How did we come to this level of senselessness in government.

  • Mrt

    How they serving the nation on a political visit to the wife of the president? this is a disappointing statement from our number 3 citizen. we mourn those that died and pray God give their families the fortitude to bear the loss. but i dont understanding ‘serving the nation’

  • Dabutu

    Sometimes, with statements like this from so called leaders, na so shame go de catch me. Haba! David Mark, which level of sycophancy bi dis? U neva say make dem immortalize Dora Akunyili or even Dr. Adadevoh, na women wen go visit president wife for their own personal interest u de talk? Shame on u!

  • Olu from South Africa

    Where are their e – rats and creek monkeys to rain insults on common sense?

  • blueeyedkitten

    HYPOCRITE IN CHIEF: DAVID MARK. THIS MARK OF A MAN WAS THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE UGLY INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RECENTLY; AND HE HAS NOW STRUCK ANOTHER ONE. I WONDER WHAT WAS HIS BUSINESS IN THE BUSINESS OF THE EXECUTIVE.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Senseless David Mark is trying to denigrate the memory of victims of this tragic accident by his insane suggestion. And this is a man who heads the Senate. God please deliver Nigeria from these lunatics. Perhaps David Mark would immortalise them in his private university?

  • Ossy

    i keep asking what type of leaders do we have in this country? we sure do need change in Nigeria

  • solozo

    May the souls of these women rest in peace – amen. But since when has visiting a President’s wife for political campaign become national service for which people get national or state honours? No wonder serious minded Nigerians no longer take our honours and awards serious. God will save Nigeria from the people who occupy leadership positions yet belittle this country and everything it stands for.

    • Raqruq

      I wonder o

  • comradednz

    Shameless hypocrite. You have not immortalized immigration tragedy victims or the courageous doctor that gave her life to stop Ebola from killing you. Yet you’re vocally advocating for these inconsequential sychphantic women to be honoured. If you had not stolen d money meant for repairing our roads, maybe the women may have still beeb alive. Dia is God ooo.

  • tundemash

    Syncophancy taken to another level. Immortalise people who died while chasing stomach infrastructure. Has Dr Adadevoh of Ebola case been immortalised Mr. Syncopahnt David Mark ?
    Why not name Aso Rock after them ! Mad man !

    • chat4zeal

      lol

  • Bidemi Lukman

    When has solidarity visit to First Thief Lady become a national service. I say and I repeat, if these set of people continue to rule Nigeria, our problem will keep complicated.

    There is need for urgent change

    • dave jacob

      The truth you’ve said!

  • dave jacob

    I empathize with the dead and their families: however David Mark’s statement that they died serving Nigeria, though that statement coming from him not a surprise, is the height of Mark’s cerebral vacuousness. I really do not know when he will incline towards being sensible after his ugly sentiment about the rich being the only ones who shld use gsm phones.

  • Thomas

    Senile Senate President!!

  • FellowNigerians

    Kai, Sen. Mark was obviously drunk when he said this . In short, the entire House members must have been tipsy to sit and listen to this nonsense.

  • chidi

    Haba! Is this the level your sycophancy has shamelessly degenerated to? Haba senate president even an uncivilized ward councillor will not talk like this.

  • Dildo

    Shameless man. Chai naija we don suffer tire, ex army general licking ex market woman yansh all bcos he want to be considered to head their sinister interim govt plan. Mark mark my word your own don finish just like that of the evil umblerra (sorry umbrella).

  • Ette

    Imagine this wicked and unbriddled corrupt vomiting such nonsense. Does he know the essence of immortalizing nationalistic individuals. For going to see the Jezebel and plan the exit of Governor Dickson, corrupt David Mark wants them immotalised. What a senseless view. May God judge him as well.

  • Progress

    Mark shd be lead the way for other PDPigs looters into Kirikiri.