Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has called for greater collaboration from parents and guardians to stem the tide of child deaths on Nigerian roads.
Mr. Sunday Ajayi, Sector Commander in Anambra State, made the call yesterday in Awka, the state capital.
Ajayi said the command was embarking on the third edition of United Nations Global Safety Week with theme ‘Children and Road Safety’ for the next one week.
He said this action for better child safety became necessary as research had shown that over 186,300 children under the age of 18 die from road-related incidents worldwide.
The commander pointed that some of the common causes of child road deaths were children’s seating position in vehicles, exposure to motorcycle transportation and unguarded movement and underage driving.
He encouraged parents to take interest in the safety of their children by erecting speed breakers and engaging security personnel to control traffic around them.
Ajayi further stated that the one week activities would include motorised road shows, campaign and advocacy to schools, and signature collection in support of the United Nations, UN action.
“The UN for the third time is addressing the issues of child deaths due to Road traffic, Nigeria is keying into that programme and Anambra is not left out.
“It will be a busy week for our children’s safety, so we are calling on parents, guardians, schools, and motorists to join in this campaign as the FRSC cannot do it alone.
“The interest is in children under 18, they are considered not to be able to judge correctly, we are all encouraged to help them from falling victims of road traffic related deaths,” he said.

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