The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has accused government of exploiting private schools.
Ekweremadu levelled this allegation at the one year anniversary celebration of the Brickhall School, Abuja, a school Senator Joy Emodi founded.
The deputy senate president said government at all levels are not supportive of private schools, adding that government is only interested in collecting taxes from them.
He said, “A situation where government is only interested in collecting exorbitant taxes from privately-owned educational institutions, leaving them to fend for themselves in terms of access roads, security, water, power, and other social infrastructures is exploitative.
“The development is also unacceptable because it has virtually driven them beyond the reach of the poor. Governments should be able to provide subsidised lands and other support in exchange of specific percentage discount for the poor to access privately owned educational institutions.’’