GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
hosted a group of young people from Nigeria at the recent emergency
services open day held in Trafford.
The youngsters, who range in age from nine to 15, were visiting
Greater Manchester after winning a Be Road Friendly competition in
their hometown of Lagos.
Accompanied by seven adults, the six winning youngsters were
awarded a week's stay in the UK in August to learn about the
country's traffic systems and road safety schemes.
As part of their visit to the UK, the group attended the second
annual emergency services open day at the Trafford Centre on
Wednesday, August 22, as special guests.
They were shown around the event which included more than 100
vintage vehicles, demonstrations and safety stalls from various
The group were also invited onto GMFRS' new community safety
vehicle where they spoke to Other Emergencies Co-ordinator Lesley
Allen about fire safety initiatives run by the Service.
Lesley said: "This was a great opportunity for two-way learning
between us and the guests.
"These young people won a competition connected to accessible
transport in their country - where road traffic deaths and injuries
are much higher than here in the UK so it was great to hear about
them and what they are doing to try and improve road safety in
"It was a chance to show them what we do to make our roads
safer. They showed huge interest in how we work with the other
emergency services and tackle the problem together."
The competition was part of the Lagos State School Traffic
Advocacy Program initiated by Lagos State Traffic Management
Authority to impart good road use and traffic safety in
The 2012 competition, the fourth in its series, has a theme of
disability and mobility - ensuring safe and accessible
transportation in Lagos.
Last year's competition winners were hosted by Transport for
Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Transport Museum and the
Museum of Science and Industry while in the North West.
It is hoped that this year's visit to GMFRS and the emergency
services day will help to develop traffic safety programs and
projects in Lagos.
Ibiyemi Jegede, from Lagos State Ministry of Education, said:
"The group consists of six children from different school across
Lagos and we also have a visually impaired youngster who was one of
"The whole emergency services event is marvellous - we don't
have anything like this in Nigeria but we're hoping to put
something like this in place to show people what the emergency