Mkpoikana Udoma 19 June 2014, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has launched an enlightenment campaign to create awareness on the safety of pupils while crossing the roads in Rivers State.
Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, SCIN, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, at the launched of the campaign, said the initiative is aimed at making roads safer and reduced casualty on roads in Rivers State.
Sunmuno, represented at the event by the SPDC Manager for Safety and Environment, Dr. Amadi Amadi, called on teachers and parents to educate their children and wards on safety measures on the roads.
In his words, “Our child road safety support scheme has included; road safety training for school teaches, supervising government agencies for children, provision of road safety textbooks for schools, physical road safety signs installations around school areas, enlightenment campaigns, annual road safety competitions for secondary schools and other supplementary projects”.
At the event, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Alice Lawrence-Nimi attributed the increase of road accidents cases in the state to poor attitude of drivers to road signs.
The commissioner, represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Micheal West said the Rivers State Government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of school children on their way to school in Rivers State, also called on citizens to join hands in the campaign of safety for children.
“I don’t know if parents are here, because this is not something that we should involve only the Ministry of Education or Shell alone, everybody must join hands on deck to ensure the protection of our children and wards,” he said.
SweetCrudeReports authoritatively gathered that some schools participated in the pilot scheme which is a joint effort of SPDC, Rivers State Government and the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.