National Road Safety Commission

The programme is part of Amend and PUMA Energy Foundation’s 10- country campaign to educate and protect more than 115,000 school children across the continent from road traffic injury.

National Road Safety CommissionA statement signed by Zohra McDoolley-Aimone, the Head of Corporate Affairs for PUMA Energy- Africa, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said in addition to Ghana, the programme is being held in Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Senegal.

It said the activities include co-ordinating road safety education programmes in schools, distributing reflector-enhanced school bags and conducting media and government advocacy for safer roads.

The statement said in Ghana road traffic deaths and injuries represented a serious and rapidly worsening public health crisis.

According to the World Health Organisation over 2,000 people were killed on the country’s roads every year with many vulnerable children among the victims.

It said PUMA Energy Foundation was confident that the campaign would play a significant role in preserving the lives of Ghana’s next generation of leaders, thus positively impacting the future of the nation.

“Today is an exciting day: it is about more than introducing a new Child Road Safety campaign; it is about planting a seed for Ghana’s future,” the statement said.

“It’s about reflecting on the road safety challenges which Ghana has been facing over the years, grasping the lessons learnt, and jointly working towards improving road behaviour to preserve the lives of the country’s children,” it said.

Mr David Adonteng, the National Road Safety Commission’s Head of Planning and Monitoring, commended PUMA Energy, VALD and Amend for working together to promote good road behaviour and protecting the lives of Ghana’s children.
GNA

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