ABUJA – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said it had been collaborating with various stakeholders to reduce child fatalities on the nation’s roads.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the agency, while addressing secondary school students at a rally as part of activities marking the Global Road Safety Week in Abuja.
According to Oyeyemi, the third United Nations(UN) Global Road Safety Week seeks to highlight the plight of children on roads by generating action to enhance their safety.
“Our collaboration with stakeholders like National Council on Education has led to the inclusion of Road Safety in the school curriculum.
“Sustenance and inculcation of road safety culture through Road Safety Club has also been helping children on road safety awareness.
“Also, evolution of series of campaigns on child restraint on the road by Road Safety Officers Wives Association(ROSOWA) and establishment of standards for School bus system will help in reducing child involvement in road crashes,” he said.
The FRSC boss said enforcement of standard bus system would commence in the country by June 1.
Oyeyemi called on various stakeholders to be committed toward ensuring safety of children on the nation’s roads because they were vulnerable to hazards when adults failed in their responsibilities.
“Children’s safety on the road must become priority for decision makers in their agenda for the survival of future leaders,” he added.
Also at the occasion, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, Minister of Health, represented by Dr Joseph Amedu , Director, Trauma Emergency and Disaster Response, said adults in their various capacities should ensure that future generations were saved from road crashes.
The rally was attended by students and their teachers from various secondary schools in the FCT.(NAN)
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