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Soyinka Advocates Road Safety Club In Secondary Schools

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 7:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem Abeokuta


Nobel laureate and the pioneer chairman, Federal Road Safety Corps, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has charged the management of the Corps to start road safety clubs in secondary schools across Nigeria.

He gave this charge yesterday at Asero Motor Park, Abeokuta, during the road safety advocacy mega rally with the theme: ‘Towards an enduring safe road culture in Nigeria.’

Soyinka commended FRSC for its repositioning efforts over the years for effective performance noting “there was the need for your agency to reach out to students in the secondary schools to imbibe road safety culture, just as there are Press Clubs”.

“I must commend the Corps for their commitment to duty. It must be stressed that they had repositioned the agency for better performance. I want to recommend that the FRSC should ensure Road Safety Clubs are formed in secondary schools, just as there are Press Clubs in these schools. The FRSC is the preventive medicine against accident on our roads.” Soyinka submitted.

Speaking at the event, Corps Marshall, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, explained the programme was part of the agency’s three-pronged strategy of advocacy, education and enlightenment, in reducing accidents on the roads.

He added the agency would continue to engage the drivers and other stakeholders in other parts of the state which include Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, and Ilaro among others.

“We believe in advocacy, education and enlightenment. This means we will constantly engage the drivers, and other stakeholders in this kind of programme. This is what we will be doing regularly. But we want the commercial bus drivers to support us,” the Corps Marshal said.

Oyeyemi, however, warned the drivers against overloading their vehicles, and using of telephone while driving adding that they must not drink and drive and they should put their vehicles in proper shape before embarking on a trip.