In a move seen at honouring the memory of her late General Overseer, Spirit and Life Bible Church, Benin City, Eunice Gordon Osagiede, a free transport service for school children and the elderly has been launched in the Edo State.
Osagiede, late General Overseer of the church, passed on 7 December 2020 after a brief illness.
Tagged, Free-Eunice Gordon-Osagiede School Shuttle (EGOSS), the free bus project was conceptualised by Osagiede who was also the President of Godhead Prayer Ministry before her passage.
The Chairman, free-EGOSS, Monday Igbinigie said the initiative was that of the late General Overseer. According to him, Osagiede has expressed her desire to provide Edo children and the elderly free transportation during her last birthday.
“She believed in helping the downtrodden; she believed that nobody, irrespective of tribe or position should suffer. So, what you are seeing today is her pet project which we call Eunice Gordon-Osagiede School Shuttle, EGOSS,” said Igbinigie.
Igbinigie states further that the Presiding Bishop of the church and son of the late overseer, Godwin Osagiede, added the aged to the programme.
“It is a free bus ride for all students, both primary and secondary schools, and the only condition is that the students must be in their uniform. We feel that they (elderly) should be supported; this is our own token in supporting them in getting to anywhere they want to go to,” Igbinigie said.
According to Igbinigie, starting from 2nd, February, 10 of the church’s buses would be plying five different routes across Benin city.
“The routes are Sapele Road, Upper Sokponba, Ikpoba Hill, Ugbowo and Ekewan Road for a start and we will attached two buses to each route.
“While inside the buses on their way to school, civic education will be taught. We will teach them the basics of the Nigerian society and how to maintain good hygiene,” he stated.
Source: The Nation