…To train one thousand drivers on safety

By Cynthia Alo

In a bid to tackle the recent rise in accident occurrences, Wapic Insurance Plc, has launched ‘Safety on Wheels’ campaign to train one thousand drivers in Lagos.

Addressing journalists at the company’s head office in Lagos yesterday, Managing Director, Mrs. Yinka Adekoya said the ‘Safety-on- Wheels’ campaign is conceived to empower Nigerians with relevant knowledge and apposite skills that will reduce road accidents and raise general awareness about collective road safety responsibility.

She said, “Most road accidents in Nigeria have resulted in many deaths. According to Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, NBS, data, of the 11,363 roads accidents recorded in 2016, 5,053 resulted in death.

“With creating sustainable value for the society at the centre of Wapic Insurance’s social responsibility activities, the company intends to drive social progression and build safe-road use culture in Nigerians by ensuring that motorists, passengers, pedestrians and the society at large are knowledgeable about road-use commandments that guide traffic interactions.”

She noted that road accidents have a lot of effect on everyone saying “We are aware that road accidents have far reaching emotional,  financial and psychological effects on families and the workforce which in turn have significant negative effects on socio economic facets of the society.

“The campaign which will commence this Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium with one thousand drivers across Lagos state, will educate participants about safe road use practices, importance of adherence to road traffic regulations and appropriate road as well as vehicle maintenance cultures.”

Targeted at raising collective consciousness about the need for road users to imbibe and practice appropriate road use culture in Nigeria, the initiative is an educational advocacy campaign executed in partnership with the relevant government agencies including the Federal Road Safety Corporation, FRSC, and Lagos State Transportation Management Authority,LASTMA, Adekoya said.

She said “Drivers will not only benefit from the road-use trainings, they will also participate in a series of eye and blood pressure tests, conducted by a team of qualified medical personnel to determine their personal physical roadworthiness. Most especially, participating drivers will undertake specialized trainings which will equip them with working knowledge of road use and safety commandments.”

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