Pupils in primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State are to ride in free buses when the schools reopen for the 2014/2015 academic session, courtesy of the state government.
The gesture came barely a year after Governor Kayode Fayemi promised to make public schools more attractive and more competitive.
Presenting 10 luxury buses through his Deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu at the weekend, the governor said his administration has never deviated from its commitment to the provision of conducive environment for learning.
He directed that pupils in private schools in uniforms should be allowed free ride in any of the buses designed for their routes in city centres including Ado-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti and Ijero-Ekiti.
According to him, the presentation was in fulfillment of a promise he made to the pupils during a live programme on Ekiti television, an arm of the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES).
The pupils, drawn from public primary schools had during the chat asked the governor when they will start riding in buses to like their peers in privately-run schools.
Governor Fayemi urged head teachers to maintain the buses to preserve their lifespan.
Also speaking at the Christ School Sports Ground, venue of the presentation, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Kehinde Ojo, reminded parents and guardians of the importance of qualitative education for the future of their children and wards.
In his own remark, the chairman of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) in the state, Chief Sylvester Adeyanju, urged all parents to monitor the use of the vehicles to guard against abuse.