Juliana said this at the Youth Justice and Dignity Project organised by Youth Member Christian Association at Obalende roundabout, Lagos.
Tagged: Talent Hunt for Bus Conductors: Resilience Against Negative Peer Pressure, the event brought together conductors, drivers and members of Nigeria Union Road Transport Worker. lt featured talks on safety tips for bus drivers and talents hunts among the conductors which had 30 youths participated and 3 won #10, 000 each..
According to her, many drivers are in Correctional Centres because of their negligence and carelessness while driving; noting that driving recklessly has dire consequences as there is no ignorance before the law.
She urged drivers to shun illicit drugs before driving especially at this ember month so as not to run into trouble.
Juliana cited a case of a driver in Kirikiri Prison who became a Prisoner because he knocks down someone and investigation had it that he was under the influence of drug addiction while driving.
On her part, the Health Right Officer, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Grace Adenubi spoke about how drivers and conductors can access free legal services from Legal Aid so far they are not on the wrong side of the law.
In his words, the National Coordinator of Youth Justice and Dignity Project, Olukayode Ogunyemi, said that the project is to expose vulnerable youths to understand the law and avoid running fowl of the law.
He said that many youths in Correctional Centres do not have any business there and is because they contravene the law unknowingly, thus empowering young people with the right information and empower them to be productive citizen is very germane.
Ogunyemi said, “we want to shift the focus of vulnerable youths which include: bus conductors and sex workers to something more productive for themselves, their family and the nation”.