The need to teach safety education as a subject in schools, as approved by the Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) in 2007, has been stressed.
This, according to the Delta State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Rindom Kumven, is to make youths to be properly educated on safety rules.
At a stakeholders’ meeting on road safety education for youths attended by school teachers in Asaba, Delta State, Mr Kumven noted that many young people had lost their lives in road crashes due to their abysmal knowledge of safety codes.
The sector commander lamented that many state governments were yet to introduce safety education as a subject in the school curriculum.
According to him, FRSC believes in catching them young enough to educate them, adding that the rate at which youths and children perish in road crashes propelled the corps to push for safety education from primary to junior secondary school level.
He narrated an incident in which over 42 children died in an unmarked school bus that plunged into a river.
In the lecture he delivered, the state Commissioner for Basic Education, Chiedu Ebie, said Delta State had infused safety education into carrier subjects in schools.
Ebie, who was represented by Mr. Ziregbe Onos, however, explained that introducing safety education as a subject was unattainable because of numerous challenges, including funding.
Earlier, the Deputy Route Commander of the corps in the state, Mark Abili educated stakeholders on the importance of the speed limiter which, he stated, had commenced since 2012.
Mr. Abili said 16 companies had been mandated to provide speed limiter machines that are fitted to vehicles to control.