Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in 16 African countries, held Road Safety training in six primary schools in Kampala in June. The initiative aims to increase road safety awareness and commitment among school children, and to help change their attitude and behaviour on the road, thereby indoctrinating a road safety culture among Uganda’s future generation. 

The road safety situation in Uganda is poor and has deteriorated rapidly over the last years, mainly due to the lack of appropriate road safety interventions, with the country registering 3,142 fatalities and 14,892 injuries caused by road accidents annually.

The Road Safety Education Programme which was launched on the 13th March 2014, as part of the company’s corporate social investment programme will train 1,200 school children from 12 schools in Kampala and is also aimed at reaching at least five million people with road safety messages on radio and training 1,200 Boda Boda operators on proper road safety behaviour. The programme will be implemented in partnership with the Safe Kids Uganda, Uganda Police, Integrated Transport Systems, and the media.

The programme activities commenced with a session conducted at Kibuye Primary school in Makindye division and the pupils at the school were trained on road safety practices and measures that will help keep them safe on the road. 

Kibuye Primary school is one of the 6 schools that will benefit from the training. Other schools will include Kiswa Primary School, Makerere University Primary School, Sunrise Primary School, Light House Primary School and St. Benedict Primary School.
 
Speaking during the training at Kibuye Primary School, Cerinah Zalwango, Corporate Communications Manager, Vivo Energy Uganda, cautioned the children to always look out for, and avoid unsafe situations like speeding vehicles, while using the road, and ensure they are seated and well belted in a moving vehicle. She encouraged the children to engage in safe road practices and also urged them to be safety ambassadors at school as well as back home. 

The headmaster of Kibuye Primary School, Mr. Sengambi thanked Vivo Energy Uganda for their effort and contribution towards building a safer and therefore better future for the children of Uganda. “It is critical for our children to be aware of all issues related to their safety on the road as they come to school daily and encounter dangerous situations on the road." He said. 

All Vivo Energy drivers receive defensive driving training, have on-board computers, journey management systems and an active safety-focused drivers’ club with a reward and recognition system. The company seeks to carry its safe road usage behavior to the communities through these trainings.

The road safety situation in Uganda is poor and has deteriorated rapidly over the last years, mainly due to the lack of appropriate road safety interventions, with the country registering 3,142 fatalities and 14,892 injuries caused by road accidents annually.


About Vivo Energy Uganda

Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy Uganda has a storage capacity of 8,297 m³ and 115 service stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees but the business provides indirect employment to over 3,000 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.

Vivo Energy operates in Retail; Commercial Fuels (Marine, Mining and Aviation in partnership with Vitol Aviation); Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.

The company employs around 2,000 people and operates 1,430 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 170,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media Contact

Vivo Energy Uganda: Corporate Communications Manager

Cerinah Zalwango

Telephone: +256772754001 

E-mail: [email protected]


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