Puma Energy Foundation and FIA – a UK-based philanthropic organisation – partnered with Amend, an NGO, to implement effective road safety measures that will prevent road accidents involving school children.

The three organizations pledged their continued support for an initiative to protect children as they walk to and from school.

The parties inaugurated a new project at the Ayalolo Cluster of Schools and Hansen Road SDA School at Agbogbloshie. The project will provide a paved sidewalk in front of the school, zebra-crossing and ‘STOP’ signs to aid the schoolchildren while using the road.

Executive Director of Puma Energy Foundation Vincent Faber noted said the project was part of an Africa-wide programme being implemented in ten countries: Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. He explained that partners were promoting measures by local authorities to implement needed infrastructure around schools.

Managing Director of Puma Energy Yahaya Yunusa said the company, upon setting up in Ghana, was alarmed at the rate of road accidents in the country – especially those that involved schoolchildren; hence its decision to join hands in curbing the menace. Mr. Yunusa pointed out that in the first quarter of 2018 alone, 336 deaths and 2095 road accidents have been recorded.

Executive Director of Amend Jeffrey Witte said the steadfast support of safe school zone efforts by Puma Energy Foundation and FIA Foundation demonstrate their passion to address the leading cause of death and disability for children in Africa— road traffic injury.

Credits: thebftonline.com