We extend heartfelt sympathies to the University of Calabar Medical Students Association (CUMSA) and the families affected by the unfortunate incident that occurred during the Annual Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA) Healthweek Event tagged “The Paradise Experience.”
During CUMSA’s Health Week, which promised to be a joyous celebration of knowledge sharing and camaraderie, tragedy struck when a group of visiting students embarked on a boat ride at the Marina Resort. Regrettably, the overloaded boat, carrying fourteen (14) students, capsized, resulting in the loss of several lives.
The immediate response from the Naval Officers present at the scene played a pivotal role in the rescue of eleven (11) students. However, our hearts ache as we acknowledge that three (3) students, two from ABU Zaria and one from UNIUYO, remain missing at the time of this report. Vigorous search and rescue operations are currently underway to locate and bring them back safely.
This incident has left our community in deep sorrow, and the pain is felt by all. The University of Calabar Medical Students Association has always been at the forefront of promoting academic excellence and fostering strong bonds among medical students across the nation. The Annual NIMSA Healthweek Event was meant to be a platform for sharing experiences, learning, and building lasting connectioTragically, that such a promising occasion was marred by this unforeseen disaster.
As we express our condolences to the families of the affected students, we stand in solidarity with the University of Calabar Medical Students Association and the entire medical community. We recognize the immeasurable loss they have suffered and offer our support during this difficult time.
We commend the swift response and ongoing efforts of the Naval Officers and other rescue teams involved in searching for the missing students. Their dedication and bravery are commendable, and we pray for their success in locating the remaining students.
surgeries the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to prevent similar tragedies in the future. We also call on the government to prioritize safety measures and enhance water transportation regulations to prevent overloading and ensure the well-being of all passengers.
In times like our community must come together, support one another, and heal as a united front. As we mourn the loss of these promising young lives, we must remember their dreams, aspirations, and the bright future they envisioned as medical professionals.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues affected by this heartbreaking incident. We stand by them and offer our unwavering support in the days ahead.
Rt.Hon Bassey Akiba.
Calabar Municipality/ Odukpani federal constituency.