Agency to collaborate with Lagos State on road safety for children

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is set to collaborate with the Lagos State Government on the safety of school children.

186,300 children reportedly die annually in accidents

186,300 children reportedly die annually in road traffic crashes, across the world.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is set to change this.

"Safety on our roads and schools is a major issue that we must tackle from our schools; no agency can do it alone.

As a lead agency, we are going to work in collaboration with other agencies to save our children from road and school injuries.

If seat belt is not important, the manufacturers of vehicles would not have incurred the cost of it; many parents do not have child seat.

If we don’t do what we need to do now -- catching these children young -- the road fatality will be worse in the next generation.

So, we must start now to build a new driving culture in the country because road traffic crashes have done us so much harm.

We must, in early age, start inculcating in our children causes, antidotes and consequence of road traffic accident.

When we indulge in certain unsafe activities behind the wheels, it is because people don’t know the consequence of their actions.

We must teach our children the importance of road safety education’’, he said.

He was supported by Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the Director-General, Office of the Education Quality Assurance, who also spoke on the importance of road safety for children.

"We are talking about the safety of our children in schools, so safety in every aspect cannot be over emphasised.

Most accident happen because of ignorance and carelessness; so care, safety and standard must be one our cardinal pillars.

How save is the vehicle tyres of school buses; do the proprietors of schools take time to monitor drivers of school buses; who is driving our children?

When last did we check the drivers employed? Some drivers do not have drivers licence.

Gov. is committed to safety of children and safety education should be part of curriculum in school,’’ she added.

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