Scores of Lagos State secondary school students have commended the School Safety Project initiative of the Lagos State Safety Commission and have made a commitment to take the message of safety to their parents.
Their commendation and commitment came on the heels of their participation in the recently concluded quarterly Safety Walk organized by the state safety commission which took place on Saturday 21st May which was dedicated to students.
The students who arrived from as early as 7am at the take-off venue in their numbers were highly elated to participate in the walk adorning their customized safety T-shirt.
Some of those who spoke exclusively to Safety Record Newspaper said that it was fulfilling distributing educative fliers bearing safety messages to motorist, residents and youths along the route of the walk. They said they now know safety is a serious business and have made a commitment to make safety a lifestyle in their school and homes.
Speaking with one of the students, Patrick Victory, from Government Technical College, Victoria Island, he said that the focus of the walk was safety in school.
According to him, safety is very important in school and every student must be conscious of it. Explaining further he said, safety is about preventing oneself from accident, injury and other bad conditions, stating some of the ways children can avoid been victims of dangers including abduction.
He said, “There are a lot of things that children need to be careful of such as electric shock- they should stay away from naked wires. Students should stay within their school compounds until the bell rings for closing time.”
Advising parents, Victory said, “Parents should focus on their children at all times and remove anything that will cause them injury in the homes.” He said cases of school student abduction will reduce if parents are safety conscious and make it a lifestyle.
Another student, Nancy Bulus, from Wahab Folawiyo School, said that parents needs to take the safety of their kids seriously.
She said, “Parents need to be very careful, especially when they are taking their children to school. They should not give their children to anybody and that they should have a particular person that takes their children to school and bring them back.”
He commended the effort of LSSC for creation of the school safety advocacy and for the school safety ambassadors helping to drive the vision.
Anthony Victory, from Evide International College, said that parents should take responsibility of the safety of their kids.
Speaking to parents and schools, he stated, “Parents should control the students, by always guiding them on where they should go and where they should not go. The teachers also should look after the children.”
Some of the Schools who participated in the walk include; Ireti Junior High Grammar School, Dodan Barracks, Akande Dahunsi Memorial High School, Ikoyi, Girls Junior Academy, King Ado Senior High School.