26 November 2020 By Florence Adewale.
The Federal Government has approved the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy Policy NRSS II to mitigate child road mortality.
The Corp Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi made this known in Abuja while declaring open a stakeholders workshop on Child Road Safety Strategy for Nigeria.
Dr. Oyeyemi said statistics from the commission’s data base has shown that between twenty fifteen to twenty nineteen, one thousand eight hundred and nine children suffered various degrees of injuries from one thousand eight hundred and four road traffic crashes in the Country.
The Corp Marshal added that the Federal Road Safety Commission had also designed instructional materials on Road Safety and their inclusion in the School curriculum for Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the Country.
“The FRSC has made notable progress in the deployment of the following strategies : The design and approval of instructional materials on Road Safety; and their inclusion in the Curriculum for Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in Nigeria, this is to create childhood awareness on Road Safety”.
The introduction of Road Safety clubs in Primary and Secondary schools to sustain the awareness drive for child road safety.”
In a presentation, an Australian Consultant, Martins Small stressed the need for strategic initiatives to include engagement of partners and Non Governmental Organisations in promoting child safety goals.
He emphasized the need for road designs to include safe pedestrian bridges around schools, residential and market areas to reduce child mortality.
In their contributions, the Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Dr. Mansur Liman represented by the Director News, Mallam Sani Suleiman and the Director General Nigeria Television Authority, Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed also represented by the General Manager NTA Parliament, Mr. Iorhen Kwange pledged the commitment of the media towards disseminating useful information through their programs and reportage on safety measures for all ages.
Other participants at the occasion called on parents to inculcate safety values in their children.