Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun says he will roll out air-conditioned mass transit buses this month (May) where commuters will also have access to free Internet connectivity.
He said this on Friday at the third session of the 15th Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Egba, Abeokuta, with the theme, ‘God Our Foundation And Salvation.’
Presenting the awards of the best Governor in Security 2019 and Agriculture and Economic Empowerment 2020 by the Business Day Media Limited, the Managing Director of the company, Dr. Ogho Okiti said the choice of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the best Governor in Agriculture was an overwhelming decision given the massive work his administration had embarked upon since it came on board.
The governor lauded the Business Day Media Limited for paying particular attention to developments in the state, adding that the award would spur his administration to continue to do more for the good people of the state.
He promised that his administration would continue to do more in the agric sector because of its believe that the “sector can make more agripreneurs.”
On the mass transit pilot scheme, the governor said it would commence within the state capital, Abeokuta, before the end of May.
Passengers, he said, would soon begin to enjoy befitting luxurious air-conditioned and Wifi-enabled buses in the state capital.
He said, “In line with our Infrastructural rollout, we met with the UK foreign office and their department called the UK Prosperity Fund, they had a program called the ‘Future Cities Project’, and we were made to bid, they had this bid to develop 20 cities all over the world to turn them into future cities.
“They were going to do urban regeneration and urban renewal, we bidded and our bid was Abeokuta. Out of the cities that was shotlisted and accepted, Abeokuta was one of those 20 cities to enjoy their funding.
“They came and sat with our Ministry of Transportation, they began to design the implementation of the urban renewal and regeneration of the Gateway Capital City of Abeokuta.
“The plan is the mass transit system rollout in the whole state, but we have decided to start the pilot scheme, the pilot of a mass transit of a modern city, a mega city mass transport pilot plan, we are starting in Abeokuta, that plan is not a future plan, we are starting between now and the end of next month.
“You will begin to see befitting luxurious, air-conditioned, wifi-enabled buses going from Kobape to Kuto, Lafenwa to Oke-Igbein, you will begin to enjoy and see modern bus stops.”
While calling on the clergy to help his administration decide the route right for the pilot scheme in the capital city, said the intention of his administration was to ensure that the pilot scheme is implemented across the state after its initial commencement in the state capital.
He commended the Anglican Mission for its contribution towards the development of education and humanity, describing the church as the purveyor, transmitter and bringer of western education into the country.
Abiodun who also noted that the Synod is a viable platform to deliberate on various issues such as the development and growth of the Christian faith, added that the gathering is also an avenue where good Christian ethics are nurtured.
Earlier in his remarks, the Bishop of Egba Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Adekunle commended the governor for his strides in the education, health and housing sectors, calling on him to support Agro- based cottage industries with grants to promote their development.