A resident of Ikorodu has written an open letter, calling on the elected representatives and Council Chairmen in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, to facilitate the creation of more primary schools in the division to enable more children have access to education.
The concerned youth, Fadekemi Oduloye lamented the rate of children that are dropping out of primary schools due to distance of available ones from their place of residence.
Fadekemi in her letter titled, ‘Save Our Children’s Future in Ikorodu Division’, said that the high cost of transportation which is one of the aftermath effect of the COVID 19 pandemic, has also added to the woes of many parents who are not economically empowered to finance their children’s or wards’ education.
She called the attention of elected representatives to Parafa, Iatmaga, Ijede, Odogunyan, Odo – Nla, Odo Kekere and Ita Oluwo among other places as areas in dire need of primary schools.
The open letter, which is being reproduced below has gone viral on the social media platforms related to Ikorodu.
In attached photographs, the concerned resident showed some children at the back of trucks, being conveyed to their various schools.
She charged Sen. Tokunbo Abiru, Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Rep. Babajimi Benson, Chairman, House Committee on Defense who is representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency and Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly representing the Ikorodu Constituency I, to intervene in the situation while she also copied them in the letter.
Also copied are Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, the representative of the Ikorodu Constituency 2 and the six Chairmen in Ikorodu Division.
The letter, which is currently enjoying wide sharing on social media and also generating several comments from residents, also charged public officers to ensure that more affordable public schools are provided.
The open letter is reproduced below:
“Attention ! Attention !!!
“Save Our Children’s Future in Ikorodu Division…
The number of students dropping out of secondary schools in lkorodu division is alarming.
Please, can our political office holders and our philanthropists help us to look into these situations?
The rate at which students are dropping out of school in Ikorodu Division is alarming and the rate of teens’ crime is increasing.
From reliable sources, the shortage of public schools and the long distance between the homes of the students and the schools, force some of them out of school.
Many parents can not afford the cost of transportation because of inflation caused by COVID-19 lockdown.
For example, there is no public secondary school between Parafa and Ikorodu garage, from ljede to Elepe down to Itamaga, there are only two secondary schools while the whole Odogunyan, Odo’Nla, Odo Kekere, lta – Oluwo, and Lasuwon Laspotech has just one secondary school. Same situation across the division.
There is an urgently need for provision of buses for public schools and establishment of more public schools across Ikorodu Division.
Your attention ,
*Senator Tokunbo Abiru
*Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR
Ikorodu Constituency 1
*Hon. Saka Solaja
Ikorodu Constituency 2.
*All LCDA Executive Chairmen.
From a concerned citizen of Ikorodu Division,
Fadekemi Oduloye , B.ED.
For @Centre for PosterityNG.