FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA
By John Ndu
Awka, July 11, 2018 (MOI) Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has continued to sustain its tempo of partnership with various schools, especially, primary and secondary in Anambra State.
The partnership has been geared toward inculcating in school children the need to observe road signs within and outside the state.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Anambra State, Mr Sunday Ajayi said this during stakeholders meeting with principals of junior secondary schools and head teachers of primary schools.
This also included proprietors of all private junior primary and secondary schools.
The meeting which was held on July 10 at the Head of Service’s Hall of the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka was tagged `Youth Safety Education (YES) Stakeholders Forum’.
Mr Ajayi noted that average of 13 persons was killed and no fewer than 64 persons injured nationwide daily as a result of road crashes caused by reckless driving.
Ajayi observed the determination of the agency to promote zero tolerance to road crashes on highways and the need for road users to imbibe the spirit of patience and proper understanding of road signs.
He urged teachers to ensure adequate transfer of knowledge of road signs to students as the agency had succeeded in infusing road safety in school syllabuses.
Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, represented by Director of Schools in the state, Mr Ray Offor stressed that the essence of the meeting was to educate school teachers and equip them with basic knowledge of road signs.
``You can’t give what you don’t have. It is imperative for every teacher to understand the road signs and other fundamental information about road usage.
``It is by this they can transfer the knowledge to the students,’’ Offor emphasised.
Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation, Mr Uche Okafor maintained that the state government was in top gear to transform and modernise transport systems in order to meet global standards.
Okafor pointed that the state government would not relent in its partnership with the FRSC in preventing incessant accidents, geared toward ensuring safety of lives and property.
Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Nze Emeka Olisa commended FRSC for recognising teachers and students as veritable tools to inculcate knowledge of road signs to road users.
``When you teach students, they will disseminate the information to their parents and the wider society.
``I encourage teachers
to see it as a duty to educate students for future avoidance of road crashes,’’
Olisa said. (MOI)