Joshua Moses Ogbada
YOU AND THE ROAD is an annual event on road safety sensitization. This year’s event enjoyed the collaboration of stakeholders, including government agencies and civil society organizations.
This year’s YOU AND THE ROAD was a success with the collaboration of Greenlight Initiative, Junior Chamber International (JCI Abuja Unity), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
GreenLight Initiative is a nonprofit that focused on road safety advocacy, injury and violence prevention. The organization produces and broadcasts the famous weekly Drive2Live radio road safety enlightment program . YOU AND THE ROAD was an event put together to sensitize road users, especially drivers on the need to drive to live.
The event started with a road walk from Berger round about to Jabi Motor park. While on the road, drivers and pedestrians were given highly educative materials on road safety.
The stress of the walk was pacified with melodious music which participants danced to as they walked. The second part of the program which was held in Jabi motor park was greeted with enthusiasm from both drivers and commuters. The choice of the park was strategic since it is the largest in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. People travel from JABI park to every part of the country. Apart from addresses and goodwill messages presented at the occasion, the FCT Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps Commander Mr Wobin Ayubaused the opportunity to enlighten drivers on road safety tips especially in the raining season. He laid emphasis on the need to have mechanically sound vehicles, good tyres, functional wipers, use of seat belt, respect for traffic lights, reduced speed and avoidance of reckless driving. He appealed to drivers to shun night traveling due to its dangers.
The executive director GreenLight Initiative, Simon Obi said over “1220 lives were lost in the first quarter of 2018 according to report by FRSC”. He encouraged motorist to slowdown and adhere to road rules.
Mrs Grace Niniola, the President of JCI Abuja Unity adviced drivers to be safety conscious as more crashes occur during the raining season.
Drivers of the motor park equally utilized the availability of the medical team of FRSC who conducted free eye check. Glasses were issued to few drivers who suffer some form of eye defects.