Lusaka, Zambia – Saturday, 22nd October 2016 – The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) in partnership with the PUMA Energy Zambia this morning officially extended the Child Road Safety programme from Lusaka Province to the Copperbelt with the official launch at Fredrick Chiluba Primary School in Lubuto West Township in Ndola. In attendance was the Chairman of PUMA Energy Zambia, Jacob Sikazwe, the General Manager of PUMA Energy Zambia, Yahaya Yunusa, the Chairman of ZRST, Daniel Mwamba, teachers and children from Fredrick Chiluba Primary School, government representatives, stakeholders and the media. The Minister of Transport and Communications, Honourable Brian Mushimba, MP, officiated as Guest of Honour at this event.
The Child Road Safety Programme was started in Lusaka in 2015 as part of Amend and the Puma Energy Foundation’s five-country campaign to protect school-going children from road traffic injury. The programme has since trained over 30,000 children in Road Safety in the Lusaka Province and is now extended to the Copperbelt Province, starting at Fredrick Chiluba Primary School, where over 3500 children have since received Road Safety education.
In Zambia, road traffic deaths and injuries represent a serious and rapidly growing public health crisis. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), with 50 fatalities per 100,000 residents, Zambia is one of the worst performing countries in road safety. In 2015, over 2,100 people were killed on the country’s roads. Among these were vulnerable children who face grave risks as they walk to and from school every day.
Puma Energy is confident that the extension of this campaign to the Copperbelt is most timely and that together with the ZRST’s active involvement it will play a significant role in preserving the lives of the children of Zambia.
Speaking during the launch, Chairman of ZRST Daniel Mwamba said:
“Over 2100 people are killed every year, for these reasons, we must continue to strive to make our roads safer and bring casualties down. The Zambia Road Safety Trust is supporting government, which has already demonstrated political will to stop unnecessary deaths on our roads. His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu during His Inauguration speech emphasized the need for reduction in the number of lives being lost on our roads. The Zambia Road Safety Trust has given its full backing and support of government initiatives and is committed to doing its part”.
Speaking during the launch, Copperbelt Province Minister, Hon Bowman Lusambo, MP said:
“I commend the Zambian Road Safety Trust for this great initiative of partnering with PUMA Energy Zambia to support government efforts of reducing accidents on our roads. I call upon other companies to emulate PUMA and support Zambia Road Safety Trust, so that this programme can be extended to all schools across the whole country. Children are the future of our country; we have a responsibility to teach them road safety. This is a “Shared Responsibility”.
Puma Energy Zambia implored all road users to work together to make the roads safer for children by obeying the traffic rules and avoiding any road risks.
PUMA Energy Zambia Chairman, Jacob Sikazwe commented:
“As we launch the Child Road Safety Programme in Copperbelt today, I would like to appeal to all road users to help make roads safer for children by adhering to road rules set by the Road Transport and Safety Agency. I particularly urge drivers to employ our ‘Be Road Safe’ tactics and desist from dangerous driving, poor road craft, speeding, driving while intoxicated or fatigued and using their mobile phones while driving.”
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The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST)
The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), a not for profit organisation, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.Zambia, with almost 2,000 deaths in road crashes per year, is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. The trust has a particular role to play in terms of personalising the Road Safety Issue, creating a sense of urgency and generating a demand for safety from the public.www.zambianroadsafety.org
Formed in 1997, Puma Energy is a global integrated midstream and downstream oil company active in over 45 countries. Puma Energy currently operates in 19 countries in Africa, servicing more than 660 retail service stations and 29 airports, has over 2,500 employees and over 1.1 million m3 of terminal capacity on the continent.
Puma Energy’s core activities in the midstream sector include the supply, storage and transportation of petroleum products. Puma Energy’s activities are underpinned by investment in infrastructure, which optimises supply chain systems, capturing value as both asset owner and marketer of product.
Puma Energy’s downstream activities include the distribution, retail sales and wholesale of the full range of refined products, with additional product offerings in the lubricants, bitumen, LPG and marine bunkering sectors. Puma Energy currently has a global network of over 2,300 retail service stations. Puma Energy also provides a robust platform for independent entrepreneurs to develop their businesses, by providing a viable alternative to traditional market supply sources.
Global figures on road accidents:
• 1.24 million road deaths occur every year
• More than 50 million people are seriously injured every year
• There are 3,500 deaths a day or 150 every hour, and nearly three people get killed on the road every minute
• US$3 trillion is the cost of road crashes every year
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