The Osun Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Peter Oke, has harped on the need to inculcate road safety knowledge into children at a young age.
Oke stated that children in most developed countries of the world imbibed safety knowledge at a young age, noting that Nigerian children must also be availed of such opportunity.
He disclosed this at a Children’s Day event in Osogbo on Monday.
“The reason why they’re getting it right on safety matters in the (developed) world was because they attach importance to the foundation of children coupled with other policies,” he said.
The sector commander explained that exposing children to safety knowledge at an early age would help them cultivate a good safety culture as adults.
However, he stressed that promoting safety consciousness is a shared responsibility that must not be abandoned to the corps alone.
Oke assured that the FRSC remained concerned about the global statistics of 1.3 million fatalities on the road annually, noting that children were usually the most vulnerable in such circumstances.
He said that the corps has formulated some policies and programmes to help stem the tide in relation to children in Osun State.
According to him, some of the policies and programmes introduced by the command are “Catch Them Young” in schools, Road Safety Clubs, among others.