CU, FRSC, VIO Partner on Traffic Sanity
Covenant University has stepped up its drive towards ensuring safety on roads within the campus and beyond with the organization of a four-day seminar on defensive driving for staff and other members of the University community.
The seminar, which got underway on Saturday, November 19, 2016, on the university campus had officials of the Ota, Ogun State Unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) as facilitators.
Speaking at the opening session of the seminar, the Ota Unit Commander, FRSC, Assistant Corps Commander (ACC) Leye Adegboyega, who was represented by the Training Officer at the Command, Mr. J. Babalola, stated that the essence of the seminar was not just to get motorists and car owners licensed, but also to help every participant imbibe the culture of good driving at all times within and beyond the University campus. According to him, “The unsafe actions of automobile drivers account for over 70 percent of fatal crashes involving automobiles on Nigerian roads.”
The Unit Commander noted that continuous drivers’ education, enforcement of all road traffic laws and evolving new strategies for reducing road crashes had become imperative if sanity must be restored to the roads. He stated, however, that it would take the efforts of the FRSC and relevant stakeholders to achieve the target goals.
He, therefore, commended the Management of Covenant University for organising the seminar to further educate members of the community on the need to embrace safe roads usage.
While declaring the seminar open, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, said the seminar series was an epoch making event in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that from the theme of the seminar, ‘Building Defensive Driving Skills’, “it shows that there are skills to be considered offensive on the roads, and with the carnage on the nation’s roads being on the increase, the training is a welcome development in safe-guarding lives and properties”.
Professor Atayero said the University was happy with the tripartite relationship that had started and was looking forward to a very robust and engaging relationship in the nearest future.
The Chairman, Covenant University Road Safety Committee, Professor Daniel Gberevbie, said “The relationship the University is embarking on with the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Vehicle Inspection Officers is not just getting those that can drive get certified and issued valid driver’s license, but also ensure that they become better road users”.
Participants were educated on the meaning of road signs, causes of crashes, defensive techniques on the roads and precautionary measures to take while on the wheels. The training and seminar series will run for four Saturdays, from the19th of November to 17th of December, 2016.
Engr (Mrs.) Oluwatoyin Olugbenga and Mr. Samson Bamidele represented the VIO. Others present at the event were the Registrar, Covenant University, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; members of the Covenant University Road Safety Committee; and the University’s faculty, staff and their spouses.