IKEJA – The Lagos State Government on Friday presented 12 fourteen-seater buses to students union executives of State and Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries were the student unions of the University of Lagos, the Lagos State University (LASU), the Yaba College of Education and the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka.
Others were those of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, St. Augustine’s College of Education, and the Federal College of Fisheries and Oceanography.
The students unions of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of the Education and Lagos State College of Health Technology also benefitted from the gift.
Fashola, while presenting the buses to the beneficiaries, said the buses were a redemption of his promise to them.
He said the buses were to ease the transportation of the executives of the students’ unions, both within and outside of their respective institutions.
The governor explained that the buses were also presented to students of federal institutions in the state because it concerned the welfare of all students.
He added that the government had consistently shared in the burden of police, customs and some other federal institutions in the state, to ensure that they served the residents efficiently.
“Students in federal tertiary institutions in the state are residents of our state and we will continue to demonstrate to you that there will be no discrimination against anybody or institution in this state.
“It is not only state institutions we are intervening in. You will remember all of the facilities we put in some federal institutions during the Sports Festival, we left them behind.
“And, we have always carried federal obligations here, supporting federal prisons, the immigration and police and so on. This is the character of the state government.
“And now that the All Progressives Congress is taking over the federal government, I hope the burden will reduce.” he said.
Fashola said the government was presently upgrading infrastructure at the Lagos State University (LASU), to make the institution an enviable citadel of learning.
The governor named the LASU’s Senate building, the Students Arcade and the lecture theatres, as some of the projects being put in place by his administration.
Fashola urged the students to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on April 11, to ensure continuity of his administration’s strides.
Mr Sanusi Suleiman, a representative of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), thanked Fashola for the buses.
He said the governor’s gesture was a clear indication that he was concerned about the welfare of students.
Sanusi, who pledged the students’ continued support for the Fashola-led administration, said they would vote for Ambode for the continuation of Fashola’s strides. (NAN)
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