The pupils of public primary and secondary schools in the locality of Agege were provided with free shuttles buses by the local government area of Lagos on Monday. This initiative is aimed at providing free rides to school for about thirteen thousand pupils from twenty six primary schools in that area.
Agege LGA is one of Lagos state's most populated LGAs
The 30-seater buses will be working on the schedules of the schools on weekdays, during the school week to convey students to and from schools. The shuttles will not work on public holidays and weekends when the school children will be home.
Having the inscription “Free School Bus” on the bodies, the free shuttle buses will pick up school pupils between 6.00am-8.00am at stationed areas that include Agbotikuyo Bus Stop, Pen Cinema, Capitol, and Ogba-Ashade and drop them off at the same locations between 2.30pm and 5.00pm.
The new buses will provide safe and monitored transportation to school for thousands of pupils
During the launch of this facility, the executive chairman of the council, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi who also contributed to this project, performed the first drop off, during which he picked up school pupils at Agbotikuyo at 7.00am, and drove them through Dopemu, Awosoga and Iloro.
On alighting at Dairy Farm Primary School, Egunjobi spoke to the newsmen and explained that the project is an intervention program aimed at reducing the difficulties of resident parents in Agege who are struggling to provide for their wards or children.
“The council under my watch, equally recognized the strong nexus between poverty and crime and susceptibility of children to peer pressure, particularly in our community where cultism is on the rise. We hope this program can equally help in our renewed war against the menace of the Awawa cult group. We think this way, we would be able to limit the period our pupils are in the care of nobody and vulnerable to the influence of bad kids,”
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School age kids are sometimes a risk from cult groups and other menace
He added that the scheme will help reduce accident and the risks of it for children who are constantly boarding motorcycles to reach their places of learning. Children are at increased risk from violent crimes when they are on their own to and fro school. In expressing his joy over the provided service, Chairman, Agege Community Development Committee, Bishop Julius Olusanya said that the community is pleased and overwhelmed with joy, as they have never witnessed anything like that before. He said prayers for the chairman of the council, saying that God would continue to bless and provide him with wisdom in order to take Agege to greater levels.
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