Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, has warned against reckless driving in the state saying he will initiate an executive bill for the enactment of death penalty for drivers who kill others as a result of reckless driving.
He also said that any driver found guilty of the offence will pay compensation to the family of the deceased before he or she faces death.
Matawalle made the disclosure when he led the management team of BUA Group on a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, over the death of 15 persons in a ghastly motor accident on Gusau-Funtua Road on Wednesday.
“Any reckless driver that caused the death of people in the state would be compelled by law to pay compensation for the live lost before he faces the death sentence, noting that the life of our people are more important than any other thing,” Matawalle was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Director-General, Media, Yusuf Idris, in Gusau on Sunday.
The statement disclosed that Matawalle announced a cash donation of N2 million to families of the deceased who were married and N1.5 million to those not married at the time of their death.
“The governor also approved N50,000 stipend to the next of kin of the deceased until the end of his tenure as governor.”
In a remark, the Head of BUA delegation, Aminu Suleiman noted that they were in the state to condole with the government and people of the state over the incident, and prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
The statement also quoted the Emir as commending the governor and the BUA Group for their concerns, pledging that the donations made to the families of the deceased would be judiciously utilise.