……sues for collaboration with Ministry of Education
The Akwa Ibom State Sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to establish road safety clubs in schools in the State.
The sector Commander, S.B Oghenekaro gave the information on Friday, March 20 when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien in his office.
The Sector Commander said the essence of the visit was to familiarise with the commissioner and the workings of the Ministry, having felt the need to formally interface with him and bring before him the programmes of the corps as it relates to the ministry.
He disclosed that the idea of establishing road safety clubs was borne out of the outcome of research efforts as it concerns road accidents in the country.
More than 40% of those involved in road traffic accidents he said were persons between the ages of 15 and 45 who form the productive force of any society.
The younger generation of road users who are daily being mulled down also need to be enlightened if the war against road accidents must be won.
This scenario he said, necessitated the establishment of road safety clubs in schools across the nation. He therefore sued for the Commissioner’s approval for the establishment of road safety clubs in the schools and partnership to ensure the programmes of the corps are achieved.
The second part of collaboration with the Ministry he said, is to ensure the road safety clubs were made active, stressing the need to inculcate safety culture in the younger generation.
He reiterated the command’s plans to organise a State wide road safety quiz competition for schools which would also be held in partnership with the Ministry.
In his response, the Commissioner thanked the team for the visit. He assured them of the Ministry’s readiness to partner with the corps in ensuring the safety of roads and actualisation of its programmes.
He described the road safety club initiative as a welcome development while assuring them that machineries will be put in place to ensure the clubs are successfully established.
Essien encouraged the sector command to reach out to the populace with more advocacy and sensitization initiatives to ensure that adequate knowledge is imparted, adding that they should to further scrutinise those granted licenses to drive to rid the state of unqualified drivers.