Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

UN road safety: Club empowers students on safety campaign

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By Paul Efiong

The Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN) has created awareness programme for secondary schools students in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria, held on 9th – 10thMay, 2019 as part of line-up of activities to mark 5th UN Global Road Safety Week observed between 6th – 12th May, 2019.
In line with this year’s theme of the UN Global Road Safety Week titled “Save Lives, Speak Up”, ATCN engaged students with Road Campaign (Walk) to create awareness on road safety among the participating students.
On the first day of the programme, 55-60 students participated in road walk from Zone 3 Neighbourhood Centre through Herbert Macaulay Road to Wuse Market where students engaged drivers and other road users on safety rules on the road so as to avoid crashes.
The schools that took part in the first day were Junior Secondary School, Wuse Zone 2 and Zone 3, and Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 2, all in Abuja.
Addressing participants during the event, the president of ATCN, Mr. Isiaku Bamayi, encouraged the students to ensure that they paid keen attention to the information regarding road safety rules and regulations.
According to him, “The UN Global Road Safety Week is a period set aside to raise awareness on the need for safety use of roads by ensuring that all road users know the rules and regulations of road safety thereby reducing road crashes and tragic occurencers”, he said.
Also, Mr. Morris Okoye, Deputy Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Coordinator, Nigerian Road Safety Partnership), who spoke to the students at the event, enlightened them on road safety rules and the need to follow them as they cross roads, drive in their parents or guardians’ vehicles to and fro schools.
Our reporter gathered that students that participated in the programme expressed satisfaction with the awareness campaign and called on organizers to expand the programme to more schools as their student colleagues would benefit from it.

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