Fundacion Exito Ltd., an NGO, on Thursday embarked on sensitisation of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), residents on best ways of ensuring safety on the roads through its #StopAtRed# campaign.
Mr Dominic Obozuwa, Director, Fundacion Exito Ltd (FundELG Africa), said that the NGO was founded in September 2013, and the vision was to build a national ideology for the next generation.
“The #StopAtRed Rally is a segment of #TheGreenCampaign, a strategic National Re-Birth Project created by FundELG Africa to promote adherence to traffic rules, especially the traffic lights, zebra crossing and driving against traffic.
“As well as making the roads safe, keeping the environment tidy by road users, especially drivers; thus making our cities and human settlements, safe, resilient and sustainable.
“The FundELG Africa is an NGO with focus on national transformation through social change, values re-orientation and trans-generational influence,’’ Obozuwa said.
He noted that traffic rules were put in place to protect all road users globally; and strict adherence with these laid down rules will curb road accidents and reduce the high rate of death in Nigeria.
According to him, the #StopAtRed campaign is focused on promoting safety, national security, peace and unity.
Earlier, Ms Ezinne Onugu, Route Commander, Corps Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FCT, appreciated the organisation for complementing government’s efforts at enlightening Nigerians on ways of improving safety on the roads.
Onugu said the corps had noticed with dismay that a lot of road users had no regard for traffic lights, especially residents of FCT, hence the need to sensitise the public and educate them on the need to obey traffic rules.
“We have recorded a lot of crashes because of disobedience to traffic rules; we want everybody to be conscious of the fact that observing three seconds at traffic light can save a lot of lives.’’
She advised road users to always “maintain your lane, stop at red, no one-way driving, no use of cell phone while driving, no over-speeding and use your seat belt’’, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rally was organised in collaboration with the FRSC, the National Youth Service Corps, and other security outfits.