On March 9, 2023, tragedy struck in Lagos, Nigeria when a train collided with a Lagos State Government staff bus at PWD, Ikeja, leading to the loss of six lives, including that of Oreoluwa Aina, a 28-year-old National Youth Corps Member.
Aina was serving with the Curriculum Services Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education in Alausa at the time of the accident. The news of her untimely death sent shock waves across the country, with many Nigerians expressing their condolences to her family and loved ones.
On March 12, 2023, three days after the accident, Aina’s remains were laid to rest at Atan cemetery. The burial was attended by a delegation of the state government, including the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, as well as the State Coordinator of NYSC, Yetunde Baderinwa.
The ceremony was a solemn affair, with family members and loved ones dressed in black, paying their last respects to the young woman who had lost her life in the prime of her youth. As the coffin was lowered into the ground, tears flowed freely, and mourners hugged each other, sharing their grief.
Aina’s tragic death highlights the dangers faced by many young Nigerians who serve in the National Youth Service Corps, often in remote and underserved areas of the country. Despite the risks involved, thousands of young people continue to answer the call to serve their country, displaying admirable courage and patriotism.
In the aftermath of the accident, there have been calls for better safety measures to be put in place to protect the lives of NYSC members serving across the country.
The government has promised to take action, and many hope that this tragedy will serve as a wake-up call to address the challenges faced by the NYSC program and ensure the safety of its members.
As the country mourns the loss of Oreoluwa Aina and the other victims of the train accident, Nigerians are reminded of the fragility of life and the need to cherish every moment with loved ones.