Monday, 11 August 2014
LASU Fees Reversal is a Political Stunt-- Says Lagos PDP
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos state said at the weekend that it welcome the reversal of the exorbitant school fees paid by students of the Lagos State University (LASU) by Governor Babatunde Fashola, but expressed the belief that the gesture was momentary, deceitful and politically-induced, rather than being in good faith.
This was as the party alerted Lagosians to expect many more Greek gifts from the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration as the 2015 Lagos governorship election gets closer.
The party stated this in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taofeek Gani, wondering “why Governor Fashola would usually prove stubborn and ignore public cries, thereby causing non-redeemable losses in the system.”
This is as the PDP reminded that “the eight-month-old doctors’ strike which led to death of over 3000 people should be fresh on our minds.”
The party said it came to the conclusion on the school fees reversal, because Fashola did not consult the University’s Governing Council while even the House of Assembly had no knowledge of the spontaneous announcement.
According to the party, Governor Fashola was only jolted by the open aspersions and protests by all union on the institution’s campus during the convocation programme, where he was physically present, adding: “So he needed to save his face to escape disgrace, thus the announcement of unplanned reversal of the fees.”
The PDP has, however, congratulated the various unions in the university for the dogged fight to get the school fees reversed, even as it maintained that the reversal was with ulterior motives.
“Governor Fashola should apologise for causing delay of LASU students graduating on time. He must also send the fees reversal policy to the Governing Council of LASU for immediate legal work. All these must be done before this government can be taken seriously,” the party said.