On 26th May, 2013 Agaptus Nnadiekwe a cherished member of JCI Lagos City died in a motor accident along the Akure-Ife Express road. He was at that time, the JCI Nigeria Executive Vice President for Area A. Also involved in the accident was Oyebanjo Okunuga, the JCI Nigeria National President. JCI Lagos City initiated the Banjo/Agaptus Safety Seminar (BASS) in commemoration of their memory to advocate and promote safety practices.
This year, JCI Lagos City expanded the scope to cover advocacy on dangers of drink driving, fire prevention and the continued use of seat belt in a moving vehicle.
The project was initiated and executed in Partnership with the Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Safety Commission, Computer and Allied Products Distributors Association, National Union of Road Transport Workers and some corporate Organisations.
The awareness campaign with members of the JCI, FRSC officials, CAPDAN and other members began from FRSC Unit, Ikeja to Computer Village through Simbiat Abiola and ending at Ikeja Central Motorpark.
President and Members of JCI Lagos City led by JCI Nigeria Executive Vice President, Southwest, Sayo Ojo and JCI Nigeria National Vice President SouthWest District 2, Oluwatoyin Atanda who noted that with the increased incidence of road crashes in the state, there is need to sensitize road users on the use of seat belts as there are still drivers that refuse to use the seat belt, adding that enforcement of the law would follow suit.
JCI Lagos City President, Laolu Owolabi stated at the Central Motorpark that, “we try to get people to comply with the rules and regulations on safety, we have what we call active-citizen framework which requires that in carrying out a project such as this you need to engage the stakeholders, partners, such as government agencies and the community which is why we have partnered with the law enforcement agencies to actualize the vision,”
Also speaking, the FRSC Ikeja unit commander, Emma Fekoya stated that, “as the lead agency in traffic management, we partner with JCI to educate and sensitize the public on the need to obey traffic rules and regulations” adding that “We penalize defaulters to deter them from committing further offences, we also organize mobile court where they are taken to and legal actions are taken accordingly depending on the offender and the state of the offence.”
The Secretary General, CAPDAN, Mr. Jerry Mba commended the initiative which he said would reduce the number of road crashes in the state and promote safer practices.
One of the survivors, in the accident that claimed Banjo and Agaptus, Mr. George Onuma a former Executive Secretary JCI Nigeria commended JCI Lagos City for taking action to make something positive out of a dark day and urged that the project should be sustained and moved to the actual date of 26th May to evoke more impact.
JCI Lagos City distributed fliers, campaign materials, stickers t-shirts to bring the message of safety home and will continue to partner with the relevant agencies to educate and enforce safer practices.