Students from no fewer than 10 tertiary institutions in Lagos State have unanimously endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for a second term, promising to give both flagbearers over 4 million votes during the upcoming general election in the state.
They said that their over 4 million members in Lagos have decided to vote for both candidates, Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu, and their decision was based on their contribution towards education and human development in the state.
According to them, the recent upgrade of the Colleges of education and polytechnics further convinced them that giving Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu their votes would bring more development to education in Lagos.
The students from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University(LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic of Technology( LASPOTECH), and Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH) amongst others endorsed the candidates on Friday during a rally at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena.
Presenting the governor a certificate of endorsement, the National Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ishaq Giwa, described the Governor as being super active in governance.
Giwa promised Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu that the students would often be available, to work with them so as to achieve their dream during the upcoming polls in the state.
“We are here to tell you that we are with you on this journey. Be rest assured that we will always be there for you anytime that you call on us”, he added.
The students, speaking through the Lagos NANS chairman, Tolulope Olusesi, said the priority accorded the tertiary education in Lagos by the Sanwo-Olu administration was unrivalled, describing the upgrade of former Lagos State Polytechnic and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education as “top-notch”.
Students’ Union President of LASU, Adeoye Adelakun, said the tertiary education programmes and policies implemented by the Governor were designed to support students’ academic aspiration.
Under the Sanwo-Olu administration, the LASU union president said the school had its standards raised and rose to become the Best State-owned University in the country. He added that the Governor complemented his support for LASU with the building of a magnificent students’ arcade for union activities.
Adelakun said the students resolved to reciprocate the Governor’s gesture by giving him support for the second term, stressing that Sanwo-Olu’s re-election would further enhance education value in Lagos.
He said: “This endorsement rally is quite significant and it is different from what others have been doing. We are students and we are direct beneficiaries of Sanwo-Olu’s education programmes. We have seen the firsthand impacts of Mr. Governor’s policies and we are out here to appreciate these efforts.
“On behalf of Lagos State University students, I express our appreciation for making the school as the Best State University in Nigeria. This is because of nothing but the academic standing of the school. We are also thankful for the gift of the students’ arcade, which is the best of its kind in Africa.”
Also, the Student Union leader for LASUED, Okechukwu Samuel, disclosed that the APC has made the state conducive for non-indigenes to achieve whatever they dream of, saying I never believed that I could be leading a school in Lagos but here I am doing so. This indicates that the governor has made the state open for everyone irrespective of their ethnicity and status”.
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