non-profitable organisation call Save life Gambia have held a day symposium in
commemoration of the fifth UN global road safety week at Fandema Institute in
Bato Kunku, Kombo South under the theme: “Leadership for road safety.”
Over 50 students from neighboring communities including Fandema basic cycle, Tujereng senior and basic cycle and Bato Kunku lower basic schools participated in the event.
Guest speaker Momodou Gassama, from the WHO Gambia office said road safety measures should not only be a concern to only the government, saying pedestrians who use the roads everyday should also be cautious for their personal safety.
He said the highest recorded number of road accidents happen in developing countries with only a few percent of cars plying the roads on daily basis. “Just imagine African countries being among the developing world with lesser cars yet recording the highest number of road accidents. We must all respect our traffic policies and drive with care to avoid road accidents. Some of these are not even accidents but behavioral accidents,” he said.
Malamg Sambou, proprietor of Fandema Institute appealed to students and other participants to make the best use of the symposium. “We should not only sit here and acquire the knowledge and understanding without implementing it for our own safety. You have to be always mindful whenever using the traffic,” he said.
Momodou Bah, executive director of Save life Gambia organisation thanked WHO for their partnership in the commemoration of the road safety week. He said they have been organizing series of outreach activities on road safety measures in schools and other public places. “We are thankful to you as participants for coming to this symposium and acquire knowledge on how to save your own lives and the lives of others.”