Some students of tertiary institutions, who are natives of Lagos State, have given the state government an ultimatum of seven days to pay their 2016-2017 bursary and scholarship dues.
The students complained that since its inception, the present government in the state had failed to release the bursary due to them.
The students made a statement which read, “
“Our bursary is our right. We want the Lagos State Government to release the payment of the 2016-2017 bursary and scholarship dues for Lagosians studying all over the federation.
“We are compelled to notify you of our resolution to hit the streets of Lagos and cause peaceful civil disobedience if the bursary is not paid.
“Our resolve to protest after the seven-day ultimatum is not unconnected with the failure of the state government to communicate to us when the payment will be made available to beneficiaries.
“We are equally embarrassed by the undisputable fact that since the inception of this administration, we have never received our bursary and scholarship dues without having to protest across the state.
“It is sad that 12 months after the sum of N650m was approved for the education sector by the State House of Assembly as part of the Jubilee Budget, as presented by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the state still finds it difficult to pay students bursary even when the 2017 fiscal year is drawing to an end.”
When contacted on the telephone, the Lagos State Special Adviser on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, confirmed that the state was owing the students one year’s bursary.
He said the process to ensure that the students were paid before the end of December was ongoing.