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30,000 Nigerian Students to Benefit from Tinubu’s Student Loan Program says Senate President


The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has revealed that more than 30,000 Nigerian students have been selected to benefit from the newly introduced student loan scheme, a key initiative by President Bola Tinubu’s administration. Akpabio made this announcement during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Significant Legislative Achievement

Akpabio emphasized the importance of the Student Loan Bill, describing it as one of the most impactful pieces of legislation passed by the tenth Assembly. The bill’s primary goal is to support underprivileged students in accessing higher education without financial burdens.

“One of the most important bills for the tenth Assembly was the bill sent to us by President Bola Tinubu. The Student Loan Bill enables vulnerable Nigerian students, the less privileged, to obtain higher education. And as I speak to you now, over 30,000 Nigerian students have already been selected to benefit from that scheme. That is one of the bills I will say appeals to me the most,” Akpabio stated.

Understanding the Student Loan Act

The revised Student Loan Act of 2024 aims to eliminate financial barriers and make education accessible to all Nigerian students, regardless of their economic background. The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) will be financed through various sources, including:

  • A percentage of taxes, levies, and duties collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Immigration Service, and Nigerian Customs Service, amounting to 1% of their total revenues.
  • Contributions from profits generated by the government’s natural resource exploitation.
  • Education bonds, endowment fund schemes, and donations from individuals and organizations.

The loans will cover tuition, fees, and maintenance costs, with repayment starting two years after the beneficiary completes the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.

Analysis and Perspective

The introduction of the student loan scheme is a commendable step toward making higher education accessible to all, particularly the underprivileged. By easing the financial burden, it provides opportunities for students to focus on their studies and future careers without the immediate pressure of financial constraints. This move could lead to a more educated populace, which is crucial for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

However, while the legislative achievements highlighted by Akpabio are notable, the true measure of their impact will be seen in their implementation and the tangible benefits they bring to Nigerian society. The student loan scheme, in particular, holds great promise if effectively managed and funded.