The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Gombe State Command, has warned students against driving below the age of 18.
Dr Godwin Omiko, the state’s Sector Commander, issued this warning while briefing students before their road walk to commemorate the 2019 National Road Safety Club Day in Gombe on Monday.
Omiko stated that driving was a serious business that was reserved for adults, adding that the constitution mandated a person to be 18 years of age to be regarded as an adult.
According to him, it is absolutely wrong for students below the age of 18 to drive on Nigerian roads, as it is against the rules.
“Our constitution says at 18 you become an adult and by then you can sue and be sued.
“It is absolutely wrong for students below age 18 to drive and everyone must respect that rule while getting the necessary safety rules to become better drivers when they become adults,” he said.
The Gombe sector commander explained that the existence of club in schools was to equip the students and pupils with the needed traffic and safety rules, adding that such would make them better drivers in the future.
He added that with the level of awareness being created, it would be easier for the students to get drivers’ licence as soon as they turn 18 years.
Christiana Yusuf, a student of Joy Academy School, Gombe State, said as a member of the club, she had been enlightened on how to be safety conscious wherever she went.
Umamatu Adamu, a primary four pupil of Yahaya Ahmed Schools, Gombe, said she had learnt a lot and had on several occasions corrected her parents whenever they violated any safety rules.
Adamu said she had observed that most people do not use seat belts in Gombe, noting that such was wrong and could attract sanctions from relevant agencies.
Huzinat Mohammed, a Corp member and a member of the Safety Club, advised against beating traffic lights when driving, adding that such was a major cause of accidents in Gombe Metropolis.
Another Corp member, Akpan Edima, while advising youths to desist from driving whenever they were drunk, told NAN that it was necessary to have drivers’ licence before plying the roads.
NAN reports that the students were led on a road walk by personnel of the FRSC Gombe Command, while sensitising members of the public. (NAN)