By: Okunade Adekunle
The legislator representing Badagry Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Setonji David, has advised the Federal Government to review cost of external examinations to help indigent students in the country.
David, who made this assertion at the official distribution of the WAEC, GCE registration forms to beneficiaries in Badagry, stated that only investments in education would bring positive change to the society.
“we can offer this country for better tomorrow is to provide free and quality education.That means that the cost of examinations, if at all students will pay, should be minimal. So many indigent students are finding it difficult to afford cost of some of the examinations”, stated David
“It is good government subsidise education more. Education is key. There is no great nation in the world without huge investment in education. Education is key to life. The more we educate our people, the better for our society, so I am a proponent of free education at all levels. We have a lot to do to restore the lost glory in the nation education. The standard of education today is very low and it is a cause of concern,” added David
He said that the charge of about N15,000 for a General Certificate Examination (GCE) form was on the high side for the indigents.
According to him, if it is not more than N5000, so many of students will be able to afford the examination.
According to him, in the past, Nigerian Universities and Colleges attracted so many foreign students but reverse is the case now.
David stressed that his concern for the indigents in the society occasioned his annual gesture to students who could not pay for examinations in his constituency.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity, urging them to endeavour to study hard and move forward in life.
He added “This is not the first time, I have been doing it every year trying to assist indigents students who cannot afford the pay for external examinations. This is the third time.The process of selection is not based on whether the beneficiary knows me or any person or not, it was based on verification of those who are genuinely indigents,”
On the selection yardstick for the beneficiaries, the lawmaker said that the it was not on political bases but based on genuine indigents chose by a committee constituted for the purpose.
One of the beneficiaries, Alimat Akilapa from Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA) said “We thank our lawmaker for this opportunity, we promise to do well in the examination.”
Also, Dele Olakunle, who promised to excel in the examination, urged lawmaker to continue his good work.
The lawmaker distributed 100 forms to indigent students in the constituency.