The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa governorship poll, David Lyon, has accused Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration of causing an increase in number of school drop outs in the state.
He alleged that the increasing number of students that dropped out of school in the state was due to defective policies of Dickson’s administration, obnoxious hike in school fees as well as the supposed systematic destruction of the state-owned Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma.
He spoke on Saturday at Amassoma, Southern Ijaw local government area, during his campaign tour of the area and lamented the current state of the university, which was a pride of the Ijaw race.
According to him, the roof-top school fees of the institution orchestrated by the government led many students to drop out of NDU.
He said: “Most people can no longer afford school fees for their children and wards as a result of salary deductions and non-payment of pension arrears.”
The APC candidate, however, assured that the situation of the school would “be normalised when my administration comes on board.”
He also said the security challenges and the poor management of state resources have forced so many businesses to close down.
“The problem of insecurity will require the support of the youths, women and traditional rulers to get rid of and together, we can put a stop to it,” he added.
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