Stakeholders in Anambra seek inclusion of road safety education in schools
Participants at the meeting
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
Stakeholders in Education and Transport sectors of Anambra State have said the inclusion of road safety education in the current primary and post-primary academic curricular will help in inculcating road traffic values in the future generation.
The stakeholders were speaking at the Youth Safety Education Stakeholders Forum, organized by State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, for selected principals, proprietors and Head teachers from schools across the state.
In a remark, the Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, said the Corps and the Ministry shared common safety ideals, noting that the efforts of the state government towards traffic safety sensitization were clear evidence of the premium placed on the scheme by the present administration.
Earlier while declaring the event open, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, represented by the Director of Schools in the Ministry, Dr. Roy Offor, who spoke on the need for road safety reorientation, said the inclusion of the scheme in the education curricular would guide and build the mindsets of the school children toward road safety consciousness.
She called on the participating teachers to avail themselves of the opportunity by equipping themselves with the right knowledge and skills demanded for the task.
In their separate addresses, the State Head of Service, Barrister Harry Udu, represented by the Director of Training in the Ministry, Dr Obiano, and the Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, Chief Nzemeka Olisa, enunciated on the roles of teachers to societal development, and said that road safety education wouldn’t have come more timely.
Earlier in a welcome address, the State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, who noted that teachers were the primary stakeholders in the inculcation of road safety ideals in the modern education society, expressed optimism of greater results in the synergy.
Others who spoke at the programme, including the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Mr. Ifeanyi Offordile represented by a Director in the union, Dr Sam Egwu, applauded the state command of the FRSC, noting that its initiatives have been result-oriented.