‘Ondo school bus scheme saves parents N113m monthly’ – Mr. Kayode Akinmade
The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, has said that the Shuttle Bus Scheme inaugurated by the state government is saving parents no less than N113m monthly.
Akinmade also stated that no fewer than 53,000 pupils enjoy the free transport scheme daily in the state.
He made this known at a briefing to mark the third anniversary of the scheme in Akure.
Prior to the introduction of the scheme, the commissioner noted, an average pupil spent N100 daily on transportation, a sum, according to him, that amounts to N5.3m daily and N113m monthly.
Akinmade said, “Governor Olusegun Mimiko signed a deal with the people of the state that he was going to work for them and he has succeeded in keeping to his promise and the people are appreciative of that too. That is why they have continued to support the government in every way possible.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Steve Awosika, said the programme had helped to increase the enrolment of primary and secondary school pupils in the state.
Awosika stated, “Before the scheme started, school enrolment in secondary schools stood at 211, 223. The following year, the figure rose to 223, 241. Today, what we have in terms of enrolment is 250,000. This is a drastic improvement.’’
A pupil of the St. Mathias Anglican Secondary School, Akure, Bode Akinola, who spoke on behalf of other pupils of his school, said the scheme was beneficial to both the children of the rich and poor.
He said, “I thank Mr. Governor for this gesture. This is helping our parents and us. There is no discrimination between a pupil from a rich or poor home because all of us are benefiting from the initiative.”
For Ajayi Oluranti of Alakure Comprehensive High School, Akure, the exercise had saved her from missing the first and second period lessons.
Oluranti, who said she spent hours before getting to her school, added that the programme had saved her from becoming a perpetual latecomer to school.
She added, “I really want to appreciate Governor Mimiko who provided us with these buses. I have not been coming late to school since the programme started. The money I spend on transportation has also reduced. The scheme is a laudable programme
SOURCE – Punch