The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, said this on Wednesday during the presentation of bursaries and scholarships to the state students in Nigeria at the Government College, Ipaja Road, Agege.
She said, “Negative peer pressure always leads to vices such as cultism. You must remain steadfast and confident.
“The provision of bursary and scholarship is part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s efforts at improving the standard of education in Lagos as well as providing opportunities for its citizenry, irrespective of their socio-economic status.”
She added that the government had approved the recruitment of 1,300 primary school teachers and was also committed to promoting technical education and skill acquisition in order to encourage the youth to be self-reliant.
Earlier, the Director, Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mrs. Omauton Jegede, said for the 2014/15 set of bursary beneficiaries, the government would disburse N54.5m to no fewer than 1, 596 students, ranging between N20,000 and N50,000.
She said, “Also, about 192 Nigerian Law School students and six students from Maritime Academy, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, who are indigenes of Lagos State were awarded the total sum of N39.6m.”