Lagos State has disbursed N360, 860,180.80 as bursary to 7,338 students of the state origin in tertiary institutions across the country.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos who disclosed this on Sunday at a public address to residents of the sate, to commemorate his 1,300 days in office, explained that the beneficiaries include 3,546 students in Lagos State University (LASU); 2,049 students in other universities across the country; 957 students in various polytechnics and 786 students in various colleges of education and the Nigerian Law School.
The governor noted that various policies targeted at improving the quality of education in the state were beginning to show gradual success.
He said: “The Eko Secondary Education Project which was inaugurated with the World Bank is one of such initiatives. The report of the supervision noted in part the emergence of very good results from the Lagos project student standardized tests in English, Maths and science which improved dramatically in the recent end of year tests compared to the baseline assessments done at the beginning of last year,” adding that rating by the World Bank scored the programme as highly satisfactory.
“ In their opinion the strong showing in the first year gives us hope that over the life of this project, we will see more dramatic improvements.”
Fashola disclosed that the Lagos Light rail project, being touted as the final solution to the urban mass transit challenge in the state had left the drawing, board adding that construction of the first phase had started from the Eric Moore end of the Lagos Badagry Expressway.
On the pegging of minimum wage by the Federal Government to N18,000, Fashola noted that he remained committed to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, stressing that “the essentials of its Federal arrangement allows each state and government to operate at its own pace and capacity.
“While we remain committed to improving the welfare of our workers, we will not jeopardize the wage structure of the state that has been carefully planned and built over the years that ensures that salaries are promptly paid as they fall due,” noting that the state had set up a commission to review wages and salaries as a solution to wage agitations, stressing that those who have embraced dialogue with the commission have found it most responsive.