By Bernard Tolani Dada
In an effort to curb frequent road accidents on Nigerian roads, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said the agency has concluded plans to incorporate road safety modules in the curricula of public schools.
Speaking yesterday at a press briefing in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, the new Sector Commander in-charge of the State, Corps Commander (CC) Sunday Oghenekaro, said plans have reached advanced stage towards implementation of the policy in public secondary and primary schools.
Also to be launch in the basic schools system, according to the FRSC chief include FRSC clubs, seminars, debates, quizz and other enlightenment programmes aimed at inculcating in the young ones the basic values of road safety cultures “so that when they grow up, they will depart from it”.
He stated that the Commission has met with relevant agencies including the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Education Council (NEC) with a view to working out modalities for the implementation of the policy in the basic schools system.
Oghenekaro, who said he was in the State to effectively enforce effective driving ethics and road culture among motorists and other road users, enjoined other para-military organizations to partner with the Commission to create sanity on the roads, assuring that the Moslem Sallah celebrations beginning from June 23, 2017, would be hitch-free.
While urging drivers to imbibe good driver culture, Oghenekaro warned that the speed limiter regime was fully in place and enjoined non-conformists to ensure they drive within the regulatory framework of the law.
“The implementation of speed limiter devices has already recorded high level compliance since it was launched in February 2017”, he stressed and frowned at attitude of some motorists who are in the habit of opposing the policy.
He warned field officials against compromising their work by collecting bribe from erring motorists, adding that the monitoring department of the agency would leave no stone unturned in bringing erring officials to book.
The State government, he said, would do well to provide logistics support to ensure smooth operations and enforcement of sanity on the roads.