Vivo Energy Ghana held its fourth edition of the annual Junior Road Care program for basic schools. Junior Road Care is an interactive programme that seeks to influence children’s behaviors as pedestrians and cyclists and future motorists and make them more safety conscious while they are using roads. The program reached some 700 school children from 25 basic schools in the Greater Accra Region through learning, sharing and competing in road safety quiz, drama, poetry and art.

Junior Road Care was implemented with support from Applause Multimedia, National Road Safety Commission and the Ghana Education Service.

Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara lauded Ghana’s effort at curbing road traffic accidents but noted that despite the efforts, the menace still exist. Mr. Ouattara referenced stats from the National Road Safety Commission that indicated that children below the age of 16 constituted 13 percent of road traffic crash fatalities and about 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Mr. Ouattara described the numbers as troubling.

Mr. Ouattara appealed to drivers to obey road traffic regulations in order to preserve lives, properties and the environment. He advised school children to be extra vigilant, cautious and obey road traffic signs to safeguard their lives when crossing the road.

Executive Director of National Road Safety Commission Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah commended Vivo Energy Ghana for continuously championing road safety education and best practices in Ghana. Mrs. Obiri Yeboah noted that, over the past four years, Vivo Energy Ghana had relentlessly led the fight against road fatalities involving school children.

Corporate Communications Manager of Vivo Energy Ghana Mrs. Shirley Tony Kum described as troubling the news of avoidable deaths involving children and other young people. Mrs. Kum said Vivo Energy Ghana echoed the appeal to drivers to drive safely, especially during the festive period.

Mamprobi 1 Basic School won the quiz contest. ANT Experimental school won the Arts competition. Lincoln Montessori School won the poetry and drama competitions.

Credits: Vivo Energy Ghana