NGO urges government, stakeholders to collaborate for safety
Centre for Child-Care and Youth Development, (CCYD), an NGO, has urged government and other relevant institutions to collaborate by taking affirmative action to promote “a buoyant culture of road safety across the country. “
Dr John Abhuere, Chairman of the organisation gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja at its 10th annual seminar on Youth and Road Safety, with the theme: “The Driver as the Chief Facilitator of Road Safety.’’
Abhuere said that the aim of the seminar was to create awareness on road safety and to educate the road users on the dangers involved on reckless driving.
He added that the seminar was also to remind government at all levels and stakeholders on their role in ensuring effective road safety management in the country.
He also said that the seminar was a strategy to sensitising the public, on the need to aid road safety in Nigeria at all time.
“We must all work to reduce road carnage through the support of the promotion of a buoyant culture of road safety in the country
“This season is the period people, especially our youths frequent roads, so they need to be protected.
“We also want the government and stakeholders to collaborate by ensuring that road users are cautioned and enlightened on the dangers of reckless driving as the effort will reduce road accident.
“The carnage of lives and property on our roads, due to accidents, is known to be very high today.
“This makes the task of keeping our roads safe a collective concern and responsibility.
“This involves all drivers, passengers, government, NGOs and all the stakeholder`s to put hands on deck.
“Road is a host to majority of Nigerians on daily basis and facilitator of economic, social and political activities.
“The safety of the road means the greater security of lives, property and great catalyst of development,’’ he said.
Abhuere called for the repair of deplorable roads in the country to reduce carnage.
He also cautioned drivers to eschew reckless driving, speeding and overloading, as their contribution toward reducing road accident.
The Chairman also advised drivers to always check their vehicles to ensure that it’s maintained before moving to any destination for safe driving, as such would save lives and properties.
Miss Yakubu Fatai told our reporter that reckless driving did not only pose threat to the life of the driver but also to other road users.
Fatia, a student of Government Secondary School, Lugbe, one of the participants at the seminar, thanked the organisers of the seminar for the opportunity given to the students to participate in the seminar