WARSO Advocates Inclusion Of Road Safety Questions In WAEC
From MsughshimaAndrew, Makurdi
The West African Road Safety Organizatiom, WARSO, has called for the inclusion of questions on road safety in the West African Examination Council, WAEC.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi who disclosed this, Tuesday, in a message to mark the 10th anniversary celebration of WARSO said the call was in accordance with the decisions taken at the annual general meeting in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, in 2013.
The Corps Marshal who is a past President of WARSO explained that the promotion of road safety education in schools across the sub region, targeting primary and secondary schools has achieved some commendable level of progress in Ghana and Nigeria where the respective governments have acted in the spirit of catching citizens at young age for inculcation of desired road safety values.
Dr Oyeyemi who spoke through the Benue State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr David Mendie lauded the achievements of WARSO which includes establishment of WARSO Secretariat in Abuja, capacity building of member states and the establishment of community based road safety respondent programme.
He also named other areas of achievements to include the use of retro-flective tape by vehicles in West Africa, the use of speed limiting device as well as regional accident report and information templates
Commenting on the 10th anniversary celebration of WARSO, with the theme, “WARSO in the Last Decade: The Journey So Far”, the Corps Marshal said the theme was chosen to enable member states creat public awareness on the activities of the organization in the last 10 years and to project future accomplishment targets.
He added that the celebration would provide member states an ample opportunity to reflect on the past performances of the organization and critically review its strength and weaknesses in the phase of growing road safety challenges in the subregion.
In Makurdi, the Sector Commander, David Mendie led a motorcade of officers and Marshals from the command’s headquarters along Otukpo road to the busy Wurukum roundabout including major motor parks in town to commemorate the occasion.
Mr Mendie urged members of the public to adhere strictly to road safety rules by ensuring that their vehicles were in good shape for road use.
“Members of the public should adhere to road safety rules and regulations. This is rainy season, so people should put their cars in order. All gadgets; wiper, good tyres and good lighting system should be in place to prevent crashes,” he said.