January 15, 2015 – Lagos state Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola said today that students on Lagos State Scholarships are bonded to service if there is vacancies for needed skills.
Fashola made the assertion while delivering a lecture at the Obafemi Awolowo free education lecture series in Ile-Ife.
He disagreed with those who argue for students loans as a means for funding education adding, those who make that argument overlook the fact that loans have to be repaid.
“Scholarships and bursaries do not have that kind of financial imposition, even though some scholarships beneficiaries may be bonded to serve; as we do in Lagos, if we have vacancies that need their skills”, he said.
He said that the socio-political emancipation of any nation is dependent on the quality of its human capital resource.
“The Nigerian child constitutes the most important resource that our country has.
The failure to invest them with quality education blunts their capacity while the decision to do so, sharpens their capacity.
“A child without education is as inefficient as an unsharpened and blunt knife. It will not have the cutting edge to deliver efficiently.
“We must all resolve to work across all our political prejudices to honestly confront the challenge of funding education in order to secure it as a right for every child”, he said.