In a recent statement released by Mr. Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy, the Nigerian government announced measures to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on students attending universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken proactive steps to address the transportation challenges faced by students due to the increased fuel prices. As part of this initiative, the President has approved the provision of buses to student bodies across the country’s educational institutions. This move aims to facilitate easy access to campuses and reduce the financial burden on students and their families resulting from higher transportation costs.
Furthermore, President Tinubu is committed to ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder any student’s pursuit of education. To this end, he has approved the removal of all restrictions on student loans, making them accessible to any student or household in need.
In addition to these measures, the President has directed all Federal Institutions of higher learning to refrain from implementing arbitrary increases in sundry fees. Where possible, further fee increases will be deferred to lessen the financial strain on parents and students.
The Statement Read: “The provision of the buses will also remove the burden of the additional cost of daily commuting on parents and guardians.
“In line with his promise to ensure no Nigerian student abandons his or her educational pursuits as a result of lack of money and economic circumstances of their parents, President Tinubu has also approved the removal of all restrictions on the students’ loan to make it available to any student or household that may desire it.
“Similarly, President Tinubu has directed the authorities in all Federal Institutions of higher learning to avoid an arbitrary increase in sundry fees payable and, where possible, defer further increase so that parents and students don’t face too many difficulties.
“While it is important to reiterate that President Tinubu has directed the release of over 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains to families in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the government is working to ensure that vulnerable students can also benefit from conditional cash transfers and food distribution.
“The Federal Government salutes the courage, wisdom, and partnership of Nigerian Students as our country navigates this challenging time.
“President Tinubu will continue to prioritize education and the needs of the students, improve the welfare of teaching and non-academic staff, and invest in infrastructure to make our institutions of higher learning become more globally competitive,” the statement read.
President Tinubu’s dedication to supporting students’ welfare extends beyond these measures. The government is actively working to provide conditional cash transfers and food distribution to vulnerable students. Additionally, over 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains have been released to families in various states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Federal Government commends Nigerian Students for their courage, wisdom, and partnership during these challenging times. President Tinubu remains committed to prioritizing education and addressing the needs of students, including enhancing the welfare of teaching and non-academic staff and investing in infrastructure to boost the global competitiveness of higher learning institutions.