EDUCATION MINISTRY, CAPI SIGN MoU ON SCHOOL CHILDREN SAFETY
The Federal Ministry of Education and the Children Accident Prevention Initiatives (CAPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a view to providing appropriate kits to ensure the safety of children on the roads to and from school.
Speaking during the signing ceremony held today in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who signed on behalf of the Ministry, commended CAPI for coming up with such laudable idea to boast the Safety of School children on our roads. Dr. Yemi-Esan noted that her heart bleeds any time she sees a child knocked down by a vehicle or motorcycle on the road, stressing that initiatives such as the one embarked upon by CAPI will help go a long way in reducing the phenomenon of children being knocked down by vehicles.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the number of out-of-school children has reached an alarming proportion (11.5million) and that government is doing everything possible to encourage many children to go to school, stressing that the Ministry of Education is willing to partner with any organisation that would encourage children to go to school as well as ensuring their safety to and from school. Speaking earlier, the National Coordinator of the Children Accident Prevention Initiative, Elder Stephen Akujobi, said, the aim of his organisation is ensure the safety of school children on our roads.
Elder Akujobi noted that school children are the most vulnerable, with the greatest exposure to road accidents, noting that the project is meant to provide and kit about 30 million school children with customised reflective jackets and arm bands aimed at reducing their vulnerability to road accidents.
Ben Bem Goong
Deputy Director/Head of Press Unit
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