To this end, the company’s Managing Director, Peter K. Adegunle said Total Liberia was introducing safety materials to Liberian school children.
“We’ve realized that there are lots of accidents on the roads and these accidents have claimed a lot of lives. Majority of those who die from accident, according to studies, are school children. This initiative is important to us because we are heavy road users. It is our corporate social responsibility to educate school children on how to use road and understand the signs,” Mr. Adegunle said.
He said Total Liberia hopes to achieve reduction in road accidents especially among children who are the future leaders of this country.
“A company like Total cares about education and safety. So, we need to act to preserve our children’s lives,” the giant petroleum company boss told The Capitol Times in an interview on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the company’s head office in Monrovia.
Mr. Adegunle said his company intends to prioritize road safety education at all schools across the country; but that will be based on the feedback from the schools earmarked so far. The Monrovia Football Academy is among several schools benefiting from the initiative.
For his part, Deputy Chief for Safety at the Liberia National Police (LNP), Alphanso D. Binda, said the move by Total Liberia to undertake such program is welcoming because the safety department of the LNP has been planning to do same.
“Everyone has a responsibility as far as road safety is concerned. It is important that pedestrians use their 95% right on the crosswalk wisely while drivers take their 5% right cautiously. The LNP is willing to help in this direction to supervise the implementation this innovative initiative,” Superintendent Binda said.
On the other hand, a representative of the Ministry of Transport said the company should work with other students groups in the country to propagate this scheme that is targeting the student community.