A non-governmental organization known as Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN) has successfully trained about 100 drivers on safe driving in order to avoid road crashes within school zones.
The training programme which was supported by Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) grant was held at the Cyprian Ekwensi Cultural Centre, Area 10, Abuja, had drivers drawn from private and public school, as well as public institutions and commercial drivers while it also held a road show campaign on the highways within the city centre.
The training included how to ensure road safety in school zones anchored by Mr. Morris Okoye of the Nigerian Road Safety Partnership while Mr. Emmanuel Avertse, Admin and Data Base Officer of the Nigerian Red Cross trained the participants on first aid application in case of fatalities.
According to the president of ATCN, Mr. Ishaku Bamayi, “the organization has organized various campaigns on road safety in different states including Ebonyi, Ekiti, Lagos, Niger Nasarawa and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.”
The NGO, he said, “carried out needs assessment in four school zones in Bwari Area Council May 17, 2022, and as commencement of Transformation Project and on May 30, 2022 inspected Juniour Secondary School Gwarimpa, Life Camp”.
The organization which was established with the aim of campaigning for road safety, creating awareness on environmental matters, health services among others has trained 500 students in eleven schools in the FCT, Abuja, on importance of road safety, how to identify road signs, administer first aid last month.
Representatives from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Directorate of Road Traffic Services and attended the event.