…Plans Inter-Agency Collaboration With LAMATA, Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA
As part of its statutory responsibility in ensuring a safe and conducive teaching-learning environment for pupils, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board met with the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) during an inspection tour to some public primary schools in the state to deliberate on the proposed demolition of Mushin Primary School at Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.
During the meeting, it was disclosed by LAMATA that the rail line from Marina enroute Alagbado will pass through Mushin and a fly over bridge to be constructed will affect Mushin Primary School situated at Ogunmokun Street, Mushin, which will hinder learning activities in the school.
The Executive Chairman of LASUBEB, Hon.Wahab Alawiye-King noted that it is the Board’s duty to ensure the well-being and welfare of the pupils as well as stakeholders within the school. Therefore, it is important to deliberate on the most suitable alternative relocation for the school to ensure that learning continues.
While working on modalities to relocate the School with the Social Mobilization committee, Education Secretary and the Executive Chairman Mushin Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, he inspected Bereola Memorial Nursery and Primary School and Shyllon Primary School, Ilupeju.
He noted that the transformation is part of grass root governance and development which is in line with the Transportation and Traffic Management pillar of the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Kolawole Ojelabi,Assistant Director (Corporate Communication) LAMATA, Kolawole Ojelabi, explained that the Red rail line that would be constructed with the bridge is designed to meet modern rail transportation standards, which will unavoidably affect the primary school.
He also said that LAMATA has been given an ultimatum to complete the project within 24 months, stating that the reason for the meeting is to plan the best approach to non-stop academic activities of the school.
Ojelabi furthered that it will be impossible for pedestrians to cross the railway by the time the operation kicks off, adding that Mr. Governor in conjunction with the Federal Government as mandated LAMATA to separate the rail Movement and Pedestrian movement which is the reason the school and some buildings will be demolished within the Odi-Olowo Community.
Executive Chairman Odi-Olowo LCDA, Hon. Razak Ajala, said that LASUBEB has not left the LCDA out in the decision making, adding that the council is ready to work in line with the Board on the new development.
“As the project is important to the residence, the school is equally important to us, for it is located at the heart of the LCDA. We have various options and part of it is to relocate the school to another area within the community or we relocate it to one of the existing facility in the LCDA,” he added.