The operator of the Lagos State Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scheme, Primero Transport Services, on Wednesday, donated classrooms to Majidun Junior Grammar School, Ikorodu.
Mr. Fola Tinubu, the company’s Managing Director, who addressed a gathering at the groundbreaking ceremony held within the school’s premises, said the gesture was to impact the host community.
That the gesture is coming as the company marks the first anniversary of its operations in Lagos.
Primero began operation in November 2015 and currently has 434 buses in its fleet and more than 2,000 staff.
According to Tinubu, the project which will gulp N30 million will consist of a block of seven classrooms, six toilets, library and staff rooms.
He also said that the company would adopt the school for five years to ensure that a good learning environment was provided.
“All the books for the library will be supplied before the building is completed.
“We will look after this school and do everything in our power to make sure that it is very comfortable for kids.
“We have sent the building design to the Lagos State Government and they have approved it.
“Construction work will begin in December and I believe that by September next year when the new academic session begins, we will be here to inaugurate the building,” Tinubu said.
“We have built in local content into this project and as such, the workers will be sourced from within Ikorodu.
“So, I beseech you (teachers) to intensify your efforts for the kids to learn even though it is tough and challenging.”
According to him, other schools within the town will benefit from similar gestures.
He said that every year, the company would earmark between N30 million and N40 million and select a school and invest the money in it to make a difference in their life.
The traditional ruler of Ikorodu, “Ayangbure of Ikorodu”, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, who performed the groundbreaking, appreciated the company for its gesture.
“I am very proud and happy because Primero wants to give back to the community.
“I and indeed, the community, appreciate them, hence, the reason you see all the traditional rulers here to witness such a magnificent thing the company wants to do for Ikorodu division.
“We want to thank the management of Primero, especially the Managing Director, Mr. Fola Tinubu,’’ he said.
The monarch also eulogized the Lagos State Government for its effort in improving the standard of education in the state.
The Principal of Majidun Junior Grammar School, Mr. Sulaimon Adebayo, expressed gratitude to the transport company, saying: “It is a thing of joy that we are witnessing this occasion”.
He assured the company that the academic team would not relent in their effort to instill discipline, character and knowledge in the pupils.
Other traditional rulers who graced the occasion are the Olubese of Ibese, Oba Richard Ogunsanya; the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro and the Obateru of Egbin, Oba Adeoriyomi Oyepo among others.