In line with Total Group’s corporate social responsibility strategy, Total Nigeria Plc has been rolling out initiatives to educate African school children about road safety rules for several years. The Road Safety Cubes Campaign is one of such initiatives aimed at protecting the Nigerian child, of age 6 to 12, from road accidents by educating them on road signs and proper behavior on the road while going to school. It is currently being implemented in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) of Nigeria and local state traffic authorities.
The rollout of this campaign nationwide was kick started in 2013 with the donation of 13 safety cubes for children in Saint Georges Primary Schools, Falomo in Ikoyi, Lagos. Since then the campaign has been implemented in other schools in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and most recently in Kaduna and Kano states.
The Road safety cube training in Kaduna has so far covered 1,018 pupils from the following schools Jupavi International School, LGEA Abakpa Primary School, Milton College of Arts & Science, Command Secondary School, Lapan International School Sabo and Junior’s International School U/Rimi. Furthermore, on February 14, 2017, the Kano sector command of the FRSC distributed five safety cubes to the following schools: St Louis Primary School, Bennie International School, Crescent International School, Tarauni LAE School and Iqraa Creche.
These safety cubes are designed to make the learning of safe road behaviour a fun experience for children. They contain teaching kits for simulated, interactive and practical lessons which include road tracks, road signs, lesson guides, work books, safety exercise books, and certificates to be issued to students at the end of their training. In his words, the Managing Director, Mr. Jean-Philippe Torres explained that “Total Nigeria Plc is fully committed to reducing road accidents and its associated risks as our major channel of petroleum products distribution is via road transportation. This is because at Total, safety comes first and is fundamental in our core values.”