FCTA to promote safety measures around schools
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, says necessary measures will be put in place to promote safety on the roads and around schools in the FCT.
Bello stated this while receiving the Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) Trust Fund on Monday in Abuja. KRSD Team also presented the results of the Star Rating for Schools data collection exercise carried out early this year at City Royal Secondary School, Nyanya, Abuja, courtesy of Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.
According to him, zebra crossings would be strategically placed at schools to protect children from road hazards.
He said it would also reduce road casualties to make the city a model for road safety in the country.
He appealed to stakeholders in the FCT, NGOs, individuals, government officials and institutions to ensure safety on the roads.
He urged road users to ensure they obeyed all traffic regulations.
“I am also directing the FCT Transportation and Education secretaries to work together with the KRSD to ensure that zebra crossings and other road signs are placed across schools for the safety of the children and other road users.
“Let me also suggest that road marshals should be drafted to the schools during break, resumption or closing hours to ensure that road signs are obeyed,’’ he also said.
Earlier, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, founder of KRSD said she was motivated to spearhead the advocacy for road safety in the country when her son died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Dongban-Mensem who is also a Justice of the Court of Appeal, said the pains of such a loss would not make her watch other parents and loved ones go through similar agony.
She said KRSD is the first NGO to adopt and apply iRAP software in Africa, adding that its use has shown how roads around schools in the FCT can be made safer and more protective for children.
The justice appealed to the FCTA to assist in the production of more copies of KRSD’s road safety materials for distribution to schools in the FCT to bolster the enlightenment campaign.
Dongban-Mensem who lamented the spate of reckless driving and speeding in built-up areas, called for an overhaul of archaic road laws.