SENATE President, Bukola Saraki, Saraki, has vowed to ensure that those found culpable in the death of three students of Queens College, Lagos, are prosecuted, describing the development as unfortunate.
He also identified national dialogue as the only means through which solutions to the country’s education problems could be found.
Saraki spoke when the Advocacy Group of Queens College Old Girls’ Association, led by its National President, Dr. Frances Funmi Ajose, submitted a petition concerning the state of developments in the school to him at the National Assembly, assured that the Senate would give its total support in unravelling the circumstances that led to the death of the students and the school’s deplorable condition.
He said: “In every civilised society, it is very shameful that young girls could lose their lives in this kind of manner. Let me on behalf of the Senate, express our condolences to the family and management of the school. The best we can do is to make sure that this kind of incident never happens again.
“I will direct that when this matter comes to the floor as a motion, we will debate and make resolutions. Definitely, there must be an investigation. Management must explain how the situation got to this level and anybody who is found responsible must be prosecuted.”
“I think this would have been easily avoided and we can’t continue to live in a society like this. I want to assure you that we will look into this.
‘’The Ministry of Education must tell us what they have been doing. We are sure that there had been release of funds, what have they done with it?
“So, what I can assure you is that we will take the matter up as soon as possible, maybe by next week, to debate it. So, we will be able to make recommendations and demand a public enquiry if necessary.’’
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Ajose, who presented graphic details of the dilapidation in the school, appealed for emergency funding to address the problems of the school.