Chris Steven, Abuja
The Federal Government has inaugurated the Implementation and Technical Committee set up to implement the terms and conditions of the collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Education and Children Accident Prevention Initiatives (CAPI) on the project to secure the safety of school children using the roads across tagged, Go to School…..Be Seen….Be Safe.
Speaking during the inauguration today, Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Jamila Shua’ra, described the initiative to provide safe environment for school children between ages four and 14, using the roads, as apt and timely.
She urged the Committee members and CAPI to go beyond the inauguration to ensuring that the impact of the project is felt at both the urban and rural communities across the country.
It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Education and the Children Accident Prevention Initiative (CAPI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, involved in the protection and fostering of rights of school children, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to secure the safety of school children using the roads across the country by kitting up to 2.5 million children in basic and secondary schools, both at the Federal and State levels with reflective jackets and arm-bands free of charge, in order to increase their visibility to vehicle operators.
Members of the committee were drawn from the Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Children Accident Prevention Initiative (CAPI), and has the following terms of Reference: To be responsible for ensuring the proper take-off of the project all over the federation through periodic meetings to strategize on tis implementation and other programmes incidental thereto; advise on the modalities and plans to employ towards achieving the objectives of the initiative and a successful national launch; be involved in all courtesy visits to resource persons for the purpose of facilitating the national launch of the project; to liaise with the identified stakeholders towards the realisation of the objectives of the project; and to monitor the implementation of the project and issue out periodic reports and review on the status.