- Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi said that there is a link between poverty and crime in the country
- Egunjobi added that his government is working to build a solid education foundation for children in Lagos
- The council head said a law to make 13,000 children benefit continuously from free bus ride is to be passed
With the rising crime rate across Nigeria currently, the head of a council in Lagos, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, has advised that the best way to reverse the challenge is for the government to keep school children busy and motivated.
Egunjobi said this on Monday, May 6, when he launched free bus services for the 13,000 pupils in 26 public primary and nine secondary schools in the Agege local government area of Lagos state.
He also said he had sent an executive bill to the legislative arm of the council to make the policy stand the test of time adding that the buses will operate every week conveying the school children to their various learning centres free.
Egunjobi, who drove one of the buses conveying pupils to their schools, told journalists including Legit.ng that his administration understands that many parents in the council area struggle to get their children the right education they need.
“It is a daily struggle for most parents and guardians in Agege to meet their responsibilities to their children and wards and as government we are disturbed and concerned.
“The council under my watch equally recognised the strong nexus between poverty and crime and susceptibility of children to peer pressure particularly in our community where cultism is on the rise,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the policies and programmes of his administration would help curb the rising cultism in the council area.
“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,” he said while adding that it would reduce the risk faced by children on their way to and from schools.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, April 24, arrived Lagos to commission projects by the Akinwumi Ambode-led government.
One of the projects, the newly reconstructed Institute of Maternal and Child Health, popularly known as Ayinke House, located within the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, was unveiled by President Buhari and described as a critical and timely intervention by the state government in the health sector.
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