AGBAJE PROMISES NOT TO INCREASE LASU FEES
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Tuesday assured the students of the Lagos State University that he would not increase tuition fees in the institution if elected in February.
Agbaje, who claimed that the Lagos State Government had failed in the education sector, said his victory at the polls would ensure a transformation in the sector.
Speaking at the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of the state as part of his campaign tour, the PDP candidate said recent West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination results of the state were evidence that the state needed a change in leadership.
The PDP candidate, who was accompanied by his running mate, Alhaja Safurat Abdulkareem, described the APC-led state government as selfish.
He claimed that the educational policy of the state government betrayed the standard laid down by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo .
He said, “We are saying that we have to take education more seriously even as Awolowo did. The amount budgeted for vocational schools shows a lack of seriousness. It is hard for skilled workers to get jobs because they have no certification. And we have determined to ensure that people acquire skills and certificates so that that they can compete globally.
“A government that has not delivered on health, housing, education and infrastructure, how can they now demand continuity? This is not time for continuity; it is time for change in Lagos.
“This is a government made up of those who will not carry out any programme except it will benefit them. They said the Bus Rapid Transit would replace Molue, but BRT has now turned to Molue. As we travel through Lagos roads, we see them breaking down all over the place. When you enter one, you pray that it will not break down before you reach your destination. The few ones that are on the road are being used to advertise their posters.”
Also speaking at the Ojo area of Lagos on Tuesday, Agbaje said he would inaugurate the light rail, running from Iganmu through Badagry, adding that it was unfortunate that the project had yet to be completed.
He said, “The project is being delayed because those in power in Lagos want to be the ones making money from it. We will complete it and inaugurate it for you. And in the next 10 years, there will be, at least, five more of these blue lines in several areas of Lagos.”
According to him, apart from direct building of houses by the government, a scheme would be put in place to encourage private developers to build affordable houses for the masses.