By Polycarp Auta
Jos – Mr Jonas Agwu, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Jos zone, has urged journalists to promote the corps’ Child Safety Campaign.
The campaign aims at stemming the spate of death of under-twelve children in road crashes in Plateau and Nigeria.
Agwu made the appeal when he led other senior officers of the corps in the zone on a courtesy call to the members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau Council, on Tuesday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Zone comprises Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states.
According to Agwu, the zone has recently launched a special campaign on child safety aimed at educating and creating mass awareness on the need to safeguard children while they were being carried in vehicles.
“If you take a copious check, you will see that children below the age of twelve are not being transported properly by motorists.
“What I have noticed in my five months stay in Plateau is that drivers and car owners are careless about the safety of children while plying roads; they have very poor attitude to the safety of the child.
“So, it is based on this trend that we decided to take the safety campaigns to all the nooks and crannies of Plateau.
“If we say and believe that these kids are the leaders of tomorrow, then we have to do the right thing in safeguarding their future.
“Part of our duties is sensitisation, and as a trained journalist, I know the huge role members of the pen profession can do in helping us to spread this message.
“This is why we decided to visit you this afternoon so as to plead with you to support us in saving the lives of children and adults alike from road crashes,” he said.
The zonal commanding officer appealed to motorists to fix baby seats in their cars and those already with it should endeavour to use it when necessary, for the safety of the children.
He also warned against allowing children to use the passenger’s front seat, as such act could be risky to the safety of the child.
Agwu said the campaign which had no time frame, would continue till the message on child safety reached all motorists in the state.
The Chairman of NUJ in the state, Mr Paul Jatau, commended the corps for ensuring safety on highways across the state .
He assured of the union’s support to ensure that safety message got to all parts of the state through news items, special reports and features. (NAN)