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REPORT ON AGBAMI ARRIVE ALIVE CHILD SAFETY CAMPAIGN By: Abdullahi Ahmed

Anthony Okoaye, delivering remarks on behalf of Jeff Ewing
Director, Deepwater and PSCs

The Lagos edition of the Agbami Child Safety Campaign, a road safety program sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, a Chevron Company and operator of the Agbami field, Famfa Oil Limited, Statoil Nigeria Limited and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited, to save children from road mishaps was formally launched on July 11, 2014.

The campaign, which is implemented by the Agbami partners in collaboration with Arrive Alive Road Safety Initiative (AARSI), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), featured the rehabilitation of the Ikota School Zone with the installation of speed calming road safety measures and education of school children in Ikota community. The infrastructure installed included rumble strips, school zone vertical signs, speed signs, bridge-ahead signs and Chevron signs.

Over 80 primary school pupils in the Ikota area of Lagos State were trained on child Road safety as part of the deployment of the program. Also, road Safety Clubs were established as pilot project in Ikota Primary School, Mayegun Community Primary school, Gbara and Dat –Maturat Primary School, Igbo - Efon.

The Agbami Child Safety initiative, which has led to the training of over 5,000 school children on road safety across Nigeria, is in its third year. The campaign was initiated to raise awareness on road safety and train school children and road users on the importance of observing road signs in order to stay safe.

Adenusi Patrick, Chairman, Road Safety Coalition, giving a speech

Jeff Ewing, Director, Deep Water/ PSC, in his remarks, commended the partners for the Initiative. He noted that Agbami partners are industry leaders in their commitment to protecting people and the environment, and are active in many projects promoting health, economic development and education.

“This program is in alignment with the partners values”, he stated. Mr. Ewing, who was represented by Anthony Okoaye, Superintendent, HES Deepwater, admired Agbami’s impressive stance on road safety awareness over the years. “Agbami partners have sponsored many successful programs such as Child Safety Campaigns, National Truck Safety Campaigns, and the distribution of Wake Up safety devices, amongst others, all in raising awareness on road safety and eliminating deaths and injuries from roads in Nigeria”, he stated.

Ike Okonkwo, Executive Secretary, AARSI, in his remarks explained the importance of the Road Safety clubs in schools. Other stakeholders, partners and community leaders at the launch commended the Child Road Safety initiative because of its potential to eradicate accident involving the child on the road.

One of the items launched: Rumble Strip by Ikota Primary School

Highpoint of the event was a showcase of talent by the children of the Road Safety Club; this was a pot pourri of dance, drama, and singing. They educated the audience on traffic lights, zebra crossing, the green cross code, and five safety crossing tips.

Other dignitaries at the event included; Sam Otuonye, Manager PGPA; Mrs. Doris Akpovwa, Manager, Government Affairs, Statoil Nig Ltd; Tom Akagbosu, CNL Community Engagement Advisor; Engineer Olaolu Akoni Senior Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Projects, who represented the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB); Mrs. Yemisi A. Ikuomola, Project Facilitator, Lagos State School Safety Project, Lagos Safety Commission; the Unit Commander, Federal Road safety Commission (FRSC) represented by Comdr. Abayomi; Chairman, Road Safety Coalition, Mr. Adenusi Patrick and Special Marshal Coordinator, FRSC, Mr. A Akper.

 

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