Vice President Faisal Naseem formally inaugurated the ‘Road-Safety Campaign’ at a ceremony held at Hiriyaa School on Monday.
Minister of Education Dr Aishath Ali, senior officials from the ministry, students and faculty from Hiriyaa School were in attendance at the inauguration ceremony.
Vice President Naseem delivered remarks commenting on the importance of this campaign and the beneficial outcomes it would yield in terms of reducing road accidents while simultaneously mitigating safety hazards and irresponsible behaviour in public spaces.
Vice President emphasised that the majority of accidents and injuries occur because of individual neglect and carelessness. He went on to state that all citizens have a responsibility to adhere to safety rules and protocols for societal welfare.
He noted that the role of educators go beyond the classrooms, and praised the 'Road-safety Campaign' initiated today as an important milestone to this effect. He further recognised the work of teachers and educators in imparting the message of societal unity to students and the youth of the country, and extended heartfelt gratitude to them on behalf of himself and Maldivian citizens.
The ‘Road Safety Awareness Campaign’ is intended to be part a long term effort under the 'National Road Safety Action Plan' initiated by the incumbent administration to raise awareness about adhering to traffic rules, regulations and proper road safety etiquette in efforts to reduce the number of accidents and injuries.
"Due to the pace of urbanisation in capital city Male’ and its high population density, educating all, especially the young, to follow traffic rules, regulations and the broader issue of road safety is vital", the Vice President stressed.
VP Naseem's remarks indicated the incumbent administration's commitment under its newly unveiled National Development Plan to address several of the underlying issues which have made the country's roads and public spaces unsafe.
According to the Vice President's speech, special attention would be focused on city environments such as Male', Addu and Fuvahmulak.