11 children died in road crashes in Ogun in 2019 – – FRSC
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, on Monday, said that 11 children had died in different road traffic crashes in the state in 2019.
Oladele disclosed this during the 2019 Children’s Day celebration and Road Safety Club session held at the FRSC headquarters in Abeokuta.
The sector commander noted that six of the children, a boy and five girls died in a road crash at Olorunsogo, Abiola way in Abeokuta in January 25.
He added that the FRSC had over the past 31 years of its existence placed special premium on the protection of children from traffic dangers.
“We have devoted special attention to the propagation of Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools where road safety ideals are being taught.
“We have a total of 774 Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Secondary Schools across Ogun State.
“We have also included child safety education in our public enlightenment programmes in Churches, Mosques and Motor Parks across Ogun state.
“All of these efforts are to ensure that we make a difference in the everyday lives of our children. Ogun State has a peculiar traffic situation; we have a very high number of trucks plying highways in the state.
“One of my saddest moments as Sector Commander was the day we lost one of our children, a female undergraduate of the Tai Solarin University of Education who had just concluded her Internship with us here in FRSC, in a road traffic crash.
“The memory of the young lady still brings me pain, ” he said.
He urged the children not to use an earpiece when walking along the road, or while on a bike and in a taxi.
“You should always remind daddy and mummy of traffic rules and regulations
and politely warn them against the various dangerous habits on the road,” he said.
Ajayi Oluwapelumi, student of Mercyland college, Abeokuta, commended FRSC for organising the programme, saying that the road safety club in schools had assisted the children to know more on road safety.
Also, Sanyaolu Oluwanifemi, from Alaba Lawson Royal College, also appreciated the FRSC for the programme, calling on motorist to always follow traffic rules and regulations.