The news was everywhere yesterday after the Nigeria Air Force broke it through their official social media. The sudden death of young flying officer, Tolulope Arotire, an indigene of Kogi State is one that many Nigerians may never forget in a hurry.
It reminds one of many loopholes that are yet to be blocked in the country. Our health system couldn't save her. In my view, the system failed her. The country she pledged to serve could not serve her when the need arose.
Painful. No parent pray to lose a child in such an exalted position. After going through rigorous training of learning how to fly a helicopter in distant countries without a scratch. Only to be back home and declared dead after a single land crash.
Holding the record of the first female combat helicopter officer in the country is a big deal. And as such questions must be asked.
Yes, the authorities of NAF should be questioned.
Here are questions to ask : Where was she when the accident happen?
To what degree was the injuries sustained?
Who drove the car that hit her?
Did she give up at the scene of the accident?
How did the accident happen?
Were there no facilities to take care of her in the NAF hospital?
Sadly, the knife has already cut the hand of the child and all we can see is the damage done. She is no longer with us. There is nothing we can do than to put her name up for generations unborn to see and be inspired.
Born on 13 December, 1995 and died aged 24. A shining star set at dawn.
Here are 10 things federal government could do in her honor.
1. Undertake the educational responsibilities of all her siblings.
2. Name a building within Nigeria Air Force base after her.
3. Establish a scholarship in her honor. To be awarded yearly in her name.
4. Build an Air Force primary school in her hometown to be named after her.
5. Build an ultra modern hospital and named after her.
6. Undertake the financial responsibilities of her parents till old age.
7. Establish a driving school in her name.
8. Give her a befitting burial.
9. Create a day, probably, July 14, as her day within the Force
10. Supply needed facilities to the existing hospitals within the base of the Nigeria Air Force to forestall future occurrence.
Kindly share as a sign of honor to her until it reach the necessary quarter. Thanks for reading
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