A day after the landmark commissioning of 100 units of Handheld Ultrasound Scanners, four units of 3D Colour Doppler Scan machines and splashed N370 million welfare scheme on women empowerment, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, added another feat in the chain of welfare programmes on Friday as he launched 30 new civilian buses for students of public schools in the state.
Tagged “Omoluabi Scholar Bus”, the newly purchased civilian buses are meant to convey students from their respective homes to schools and back every school-day.
Aregbesola said if the government’s quest for enduring socio-economic progress is to be achieved, government’s commitment to education and the future of the children cannot be superficial.
The governor said his administration embarked on this laudable programme because it’s dangerous to play politics with the education of children.
He said that the realisation of the importance of education and development of human capacity building prompted his government to create the best possible environment for the development of their total person.
He described the provision of buses for transporting the students as another proof of government’s focused attention to education.
“The buses we are rolling out today for the use of our High School students are another solid proofs of the importance and undivided attention our government genuinely accords education.
“With the O’Scholar Buses, the culture of punctuality will be further deepened in our students. They will be encouraged to get ready in time for the bus and in so doing get to school on time.
“And while on the bus to or from school, or travelling to and from school events, they will have the time to further bond together, reflect on their works and exchange useful ideas.
“One of the unique characteristics of our administration’s programmes is that they ensure the empowerment of the people. This explains why no single household in all of the state is without positive testimonies of the impacts of our programmes on them,” Aregbesola said.
He added that the buses will provide comfort and ease for students and parents and create employment for those, who will be driving the buses.
In her remark, the Deputy Governor, who is also the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomorri, noted that the provision of the buses is another demonstration of government’s commitment to providing quality and qualitative education for the children.
She charged the students to make the best use of the buses and maximise the opportunities the buses afford them.
The Managing Director of Sterling Bank PLC, represented by Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, Regional Business Executive, South-West (2), said the bank finds it profitable to partner government in providing the buses.
Adeyemi noted that Sterling Bank will continue to partner with government in realising its noble programmes.
He enjoined all the stakeholders to make judicious use of the scholar buses to benefit of all.
One of the beneficiaries, a student of St. Mark Anglican School, Osogbo, Miss Olatunji Oluwakemi, commended the governor for making education one of his administration’s top priorities.
Oluwakemi said Aregbesola’s government has made a lot of impacts such as provision of Opon Imo, Free school feeding, free uniforms, building of ultra-modern school buildings as well as construction of roads.
She implored the people of the state to vote wisely by returning Aregbesola to continue his laudable programmes in the state.