By Joy Odor
As Nigeria joins other countries to celebrate lnternational Children’s Day, the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu has Flagg off customized not for sale reflective jackets for school children in Nigeria and other accident prevention infrastructure to aid the prevention of accidents and provide immediate care and support for school children that sustain injuries while trekking to and from neighborhood schools.
The launching on Thursday which is tagged: Children Accident Prevention Initistive’s (CAPIS) “GO To SCHOOL…BE SEEN…BE SAFE”, according to Alhaji Adamu is in pursuant of the good health and wellbeing of school age children and realization of quality Education in Nigeria.
Alhaji Adamu during his speech disclosed that the laudable initiative is designed to primarily aid the protection of school children from road accidents associated with motor vehicles, motor cycles and tricycles while crossing the busy network of roads to and from their respective schools.
Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of Education informed that as enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding, the program encompasses a phased kiting of school children within the ages of 4-14 years in selected schools at Federal and state levels, with customized reflective jackets and armband free of charge.
He said the initiative would increase access and quality of education of over 40 million school children and would expand the programme throughout the 36 states and the FCT and also the 774 local government areas and wards, to ensure inclusion.
“This initiative, especially, is to prevent children from sustaining injuries while trekking to and from neighbouring schools.
“It is in pursuant of the good health and well-being of school children and realisation of quality education.
“The initiative is designed to primarily aid the protection of school children from road accidents associated with motor vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles while crossing our busy network of roads to and from their respective schools.
“As enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding, the programme encompasses a phased kitting of school children within the ages of four to 14 years in selected schools at the Federal and state levels, with customised reflective jackets and armband free of charge,” he said.
“Occasionally, some children that trek through busy roads to their schools are knocked down, injured, maimed for life or even killed instantly.
“We are aware of the emotional trauma parents go through and the socioeconomic impact therein,” Adamu said.
In his Goodwill message, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, described the initiative as laudable that would bring about consciousness, knowledge and leadership on the part of the students.
Justice Malami called on the students to always strive to keep away from danger, just as the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible have admonished.
“As we celebrate our children, this innovation will bring about consciousness of security, knowledge and leadership,” he said.
In his good will message, the Attorney General of the Federal, Justice Malami said the customized reflective jackets is timely and urged the children not to subject their hands in anything that would put them endanger.
Also the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Professor Julius Ihonvbere said the National Assembly would continue to support the initiatives that would encourage students to go to school.
“While we continue to express concerns over the fate of our children in captivity and those in the hands of terrorists, kidnappers, it gives us the room to reflect on the rights of our children to good education, social security, safety and love.
“Our children have always made us proud and as such, it provides the government at all levels to rededicate themselves in the domestication of the Child Rights Act, to reposition basic education in Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk commended the Ministry of Education for the innovative and worthwhile initiative.
Hajiya Farouk pledged her ministry’s readiness to fully support the programme geared toward empowering 40 million school children with accident prevention kits.