Lyon promises to solve problems of Bayelsa students



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Lyon promises to solve problems of Bayelsa students

 



 Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa

 



Bayelsa State Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon, at the weekend pledged to solve problems of students from the state especially those at the tertiary institutions.

Lyon, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Chief Gift Ebiki, alleged that the students were suffering and their parents overstretched because the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government abandoned all welfare packages and incentives enjoyed by their counterparts in other states.

The APC candidate for the November 16 election said his investigations revealed that since the inception of Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration, the state government had not paid bursaries to students of the state origin.

He recalled that bursary payment was in vogue before the advent of the Dickson’s administration and wondered why the practice aimed at alleviating the plight of students and their parents was discontinued by the government.

Lyon lamented that the suffering of the students multiplied following astronomical rise in school fees, which was forced down the throats of students without consideration to their poor backgrounds.

The candidate decried all the insensitive policies of the current government against students saying they had forced many indigenes to drop out of schools.

Lyon said it was unacceptable that an oil-rich state like Bayelsa with great need for manpower development could not create easy access to education by lifting the financial burdens of students.

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He added that the state-owned tertiary institutions like the Niger Delta University (NDU) had continued to look like glorified secondary schools under the eight years of Dickson’s administration.

But Lyon assured that he had mapped out areas of needs in his programme if elected on November 16 adding that making tertiary education cheaper with high investment in infrastructures  remained his priority.

He said as a private individual, he understood the importance of education and had established a functional scholarship scheme that had trained indigenes of the state at different notable institutions across the world.

He said: “I sympathize with what students of Bayelsa have gone through over these years of the PDP under the current administration. I know that most of them dropped out of schools because of harsh policies and unkind academic environment foisted on them by the government.

“I want to assure you that your problems will be over with the APC government when I am elected the governor of Bayelsa. I will not only pay you bursaries, I will also provide other welfare packages to enable you cope with your studies.

“We will provide the funds to make your fees cheaper and affordable because in a state like ours, we can’t afford to make the education of our citizens so expensive that their parents will have to die of heart attack and students forced to abandon schools.

“We need manpower and we have to make the needed sacrifice to make the process of getting it affordable. I know how I struggled to go to school and to attend the College of Education.

“Following that experience in my private capacity as a businessman, I have tried to provide free education at huge cost and I am happy that many people from the state are studying through that scheme.

“Students and their parents have the opportunity at this election to liberate themselves and protect their future by rejecting a party that had treated them with disdain over the years and cast their votes for me and my team in the APC because we have the solutions to their problems”.

 

 

Lyon promises to solve problems of Bayelsa students

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