By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-An orphan, Master Isiting Edet Samuel Eta has been awarded a scholarship from secondary school to the university level by the Iwuanyanwu Foundation.
Eta is presently an SS3 student from Government Secondary School, Wuye, Abuja.
The gesture was announced by Iwuanyanwu National Ambulance Scheme, a sister organization to the Foundation during a maiden edition of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC Inter Secondary School debate competition organized in collaboration with Iwuanyanwu Scheme in Abuja yesterday.
The event also featured an intellectual drill with the participation of 8 schools within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Specifically, the students were drilled on the basic knowledge of safety.
The drill was part of the strategies to further reduce road traffic crash among school children in 2018.
The Chairman and Founder of the Scheme, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu while addressing students and other guests at the occasion commended former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida for establishing the Federal Road Safety Corps.
He also commended the ingenuity of Professor Wole Soyinka who birthed the FRSC idea in Nigeria.
Expressing his delight over the literary performance of the students, Chief Iwuanyanwu also hailed FRSC Corps Marshall, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi for his innovations in championing the cause of road safety through public education campaign in the last 30 years of its existence.
He said: “FRSC is blazing a new trail in grapping some of the academic problems confronting Nigeria as a nation. Problem of road traffic crash can only be solved when the youth are given the right education, orientation right from the cradle. We strongly recommend the stride and the initiatives of catching them young of FRSC to other institutions of government to emulate.”
On his part, the FCT Director, Education Resource Centre, Barrister Oniah Edmond who chaired the occasion admonished students to imbibe the safety attitude at all times.
He also commended FRSC for always manifesting sincere commitment to road safety campaign as evidenced by the Corps’ aggressive pursuit of school advocacy and enforcement of traffic rules in Nigeria.
Highlighting the relevance of Road Safety Education to the congregation, the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem who spoke on behalf of the Corps asked students to internalize safety measures.
He noted that the programme was designed to ensure that the safety education was made a priority in our schools warning that the Corps would not tolerate the death of students through road mishaps again.
“FRSC has come to a point where it can no longer tolerate the death of school children on our roads as a result of road traffic crashes”, he said.
Delivering his speech on behalf of the Iwuanyanwu National Ambulance Scheme, the National Coordinator, Mr. Chinedu Nsofor commended the Corps and explained that the Iwuanyanwu National Ambulance has over the years played complimentary services to FRSC through voluntary rescue of accident victims, safety education, raising safety ambassadors amongst others.
These efforts, according to Nsofor, were aimed at complimenting FRSC to achieve its Corporate Strategic Goals of reducing accident by 15 percent and fatality by 30 percent.
Meanwhile, Pace Setter Academy, Wuye, Abuja emerged the overall winner of the maiden edition while Government Secondary School, Garki was the runner up in the drill competition.