Funke Busari, Lagos
A campaign against COVID-19 in Nigeria, was taken to motorists and passengers with a sensitization campaign by wives of Federal Road Safety Officers under the aegis of Road Safety Officers Wives Association, ROSOWA, on Saturday.
The group led by chairperson of the Lagos State chapter, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ogungbemide in a bid to to stem the spread of the virus in Lagos took the campaign to Mile 2 – Oshodi – Ketu Motor Park, Ogba where it distributed flyers, reflective tapes, hand sanitizers and packs of sanitizers to drivers and passengers.
The group said the action is in compliance of the mandate issued by its National President, Mrs. Yemisi Oyeyemi.
In a statement made available to journalists through Route Commander Olabisi Sonusi, Sector Public Education Officer of the FRSC Lagos Sector Command, the association’s president said the aim of the sensitization is borne out of increasing rate of the virus in the country, and the need to ensure that passengers and motorists take responsibility in COVID-19 fight.
The campaign team lead, Mrs. Ogungbemide said that the issue of road safety is a collective responsibility and the idea of visiting major parks was due to the large number of commuters who board commercial vehicles on daily basis.
She noted, “Today we distributed flyers, Retro-reflective tapes and hand sanitizers for drivers and their passengers. We told them about the pandemic and the need to adhere to laid down protocols.
She admonished drivers to always ensure that their passengers use face masks, sanitize regularly, observe physical distancing and other protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and also ensure that vehicles are loaded at 50% capacity.
The Branch Organizing Secretary of the park, Mr. Ebenezer Adebayo said the park has taken measures to ensure that motorists and passengers adhered strictly to COVID-19 protocols, stressing that without face masks; passengers would be denied access to the parks to board any vehicle.
Mr. Adebayo while appreciating ROSOWA and other FRSC personnel for the gesture, advised motorists to take COVID-19 seriously.