Stop being petitioners, Lagos Commissioner urges Muslim students

Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, has expressed worry over what he described as the non-exposure of pupils to governance.

AbdulLateef argued that schools did not find it necessary to bring their pupils to the Lagos State House of Assembly to observe the processes of making laws.

While receiving a delegation of the Muslim Students Society who had paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday, he said that exposing the pupils to governance at early stage would help in grooming future leaders for the country.

He said, “We seem not to understand the importance of allowing pupils to participate at the plenary session of the House of Assembly. Pupils were meant to be attending the plenary sessions as observers to learn about the bills and laws that are being passed and general development about the governance of the state.

“One of the reasons for recording apathy among the students during elections is because of their non-exposure to governance when they were younger.”

Saheed Ashafa, who led the delegation of the students to the commissioner, urged the LASG to increase its funding of primary and secondary education in the state.

Ashafa, who is the President of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, said, “We call on the LASG to increase the capacities of schools in the state in order to help more children to have access to quality education in conducive school facilities.

“Government should also synergise with all the stakeholders of public and private schools and provide adequate funding and facilities as at when due.”

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