The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, has raised alarm over the purported plans of the Lagos State government plans to shut the Lagos State University (LASU) to prevent the students from exercising their civic rights on the day of election.
The party also charged LASU students to resist any attempt to shut the institution for the presidential and governorship elections in February.
The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, also accused the Fashola-led APC government of confirming the low premium they placed on education in the state by making the access and standard in the sector very elusive or unattractive.
According to PDP, the recent directive by the governor that students seeking admission into junior secondary schools must pay N10,000 each is the highpoint of the Fashola-led APC government’s resolve to make affordable education unavailable in the state.
The party stated that by this directive, the APC government in the state has fully commercialised the education sector just like all other sectors where no government service is enjoyed unless paid for exorbitantly.
“Education is no more affordable in Lagos State. The state now has the highest number of private schools because of the failed public schools. The governor obviously is confused on positioning our education sector. In Akwa Ibom State, education is free and compulsory. Even the students get free lunch and cash allowances to motivate them attend the schools for education.
“In Lagos State, the sector is only managed on paper. With all the huge allocations in the budget for almost 16 years, the sector is still dwindling every day. Parents have withdrawn their wards from all public schools. The schools have become mere community fields and abode for animals. The few befitting public schools are the ones renovated by NGOs, corporate bodies and philanthropists.
“They put very low premium on education so much that they takeover premises belonging to LASPOTECH and Nursing School, converting same to their personal usage. Fashola is now planning to shut LASU on January 31st so that students may not be around the community, where many had registered as voters.
“The intention is to frustrate the students resolve to cast protest votes against APC.”
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