By Fortune Eromosele, Abuja

CORPS Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, Wednesday, disclosed that about nine fatal crashes from the month of January up until March, witnessed the deaths of students who make us of the highways in the Federal Capital Territory.

Oyeyemi, represented by the FCT Sector Commander, Samuel Ochi, made this known at the Road Safety Grant Programme, organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria, ATCN, in Abuja.

According to him, children and adults aged 10 – 45 years occupy 70 percent use of roads in the country.

His words, “With the statistics we have, nine fatal crashes that we’ve recorded, nine of them have led to the deaths of students in the FCT from the period of January- March.

“The statistics I am giving bothers on the element we are dealing on. The bracket 10-45 age are the numbers of people that if we take statistics, make use of the roads most. We can say that this age group have about 70 percent of road usage.

“The importance of this training cannot be overemphasised. That is why I want to commend the Automobile and Touring Club for bringing these categories of persons that are susceptible to road crashes.”

He reiterated the support of the Corps in ensuring the safety of pedestrians and motorists on the FCT highways.

“On behalf of the Corps we want to pledge our support to be part of every activity that will be done to ensure that safety is brought to the grassroots among the youths, students,” he said.

In his remarks, President of the Automobile Touring Club of Nigeria, Ishaku Bamaiyi, said the training of 500 pupils on road safety would help reduce deaths on the highways.

“It will interest you to know that about five hundred pupils will be trained on road safety topics by FRSC. Green Light, Application of First Aid by Red Cross, among other topics.

“In furtherance to this campaign, on 4th June, 2022, one hundred drivers will be trained on school zones, to promote awareness on road signs: especially the Zebra Crossing in front of schools and other locations,” he noted.

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