The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Fashola-led APC government of plans to shut the state-owned university, LASU, during the Lagos State governorship election in February 21.
This is just as the party also charged the students of LASU to resist any attempt to shut down the institution.
“Fashola is now planning to shut down LASU on January 31 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 the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state,” said the PDP in a statement.
In the statement signed by Taofik Gani and made available to THISDAY, the party also derided the state government for what it termed the “low premium they have placed on education in the state by making the access and standard in the sector very elusive or unattractive.”
According to the 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 resolve to make affordable education unavailable in the state.”
PDP said: “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 thestudents 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“Parents have withdrawn their wards from all public schools.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; cooperate bodies and philanthropists.
“They put very low premium on education so much that they take over premises belonging to LASPOTECH and Nursing School, converting same to their personal usage. We support the students to resist the closure and expect parents to resist the extortionate N10,000.”