By Aisha Colem, Lagos.
The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Bolaji Oreagba, has charged youths to be good traffic ambassadors while on the road.
He said that this was important to ensure orderliness and safety always.
Oreagba said this in a statement on Sunday by the Director of Public Affairs Department of LASTMA, Mr Adebayo Taofiq.
The general manager gave the advice during the visit of students of Kole-Best International School, Oshodi, as part of activities to mark their “Year 2022 Career Day Celebrations”.
The students, numbering over 80, were educated on various traffic signs, including prohibitory and warning signs, which should be obeyed by motorists on the roads.
The students were also enlightened on the negative impacts of traffic congestion on human life and the need to regularly ensure free flow of traffic on roads.
The general manager, who was represented by Mr Subair Bashir, Assistant Comptroller, Lagos East II, during the visit.
Oreagba told the students that traffic management and control were central to human activities.
According to him, traffic affects all aspects of human endeavours and pursuits, as it determines travel time and arrival.
He advised students and other pedestrians not to walk on the road while backing traffic flow, adding that they should also avoid crossing in between two big vehicles and crossing roads at non-Zebra crossing designated areas.
The general manager said that the Lagos State Schools Traffic Safety Advocacy Programme (LASTSAP) was carefully designed, adding that it was also a unique traffic education programme of the government for primary and secondary school students.
He said that LASTSAP was aimed at developing a better understanding of road traffic safety and reducing the impact of trauma on roads.
Oreagba explained that it was also aimed at protecting the future and ensuring sustainable development, by catching the citizens young.
He stressed that the youth segment of the population was an essential key in the development of any nation.
According to him, the youth have the potential and capability to engender change for themselves, their communities and the rest of the world.
Earlier in her address, the Head of Administration of the School, Mrs Omobola Lateef, said that Career Day celebration was an annual event where students were guided and carefully tutored on their intended career paths.
She said that inculcating traffic/road signs into students at a tender age would go a long way in reducing all man-made infractions and accidents on the roads.