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Student Loan Bill is capable of sending many students out of school — ASUU

Recall that the president signed the bill on Monday, June 12, in fulfillment of one of his campaign promises.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the Student Loan Bill recently signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, stating that it’s capable of sending many students out of school.

Recall that the president signed the bill on Monday, June 12, in fulfillment of one of his campaign promises.

Speaking in a chat with Daily Trust, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU President, said the law might have an adverse effect on millions of prospective students who rely on tuition-free higher institutions of learning to acquire knowledge.

According to him, “A country where more than 133 million are living below the poverty line and you want to introduce tuition fees? It will be counterproductive.

Every Nigerian should know what is going to happen next and there may likely be another bill waiting for signature that will introduce tuition fees. If the bill indicated that the loan is to pay tuition fees and there are no tuition fees in Nigerian universities, then what is your next approach?”

Osodeke said the bill is not new, revealing how the union rejected it when former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration brought it up.

He, however, noted that the union is yet to have access to the accurate copy of the law signed by Tinubu, adding that there was need to get and study it.

“We have said long ago, in 2017, to President Buhari when they came up with the issue of tuition fees, that every student will pay N1 million and we said you cannot put that in our agreement and you cannot use that to negotiate with us and with the nature of the country we have today, there is no way that will work.

What will happen is that the majority of students whose parents cannot afford it will pull out of school in anger and you know what that means, they will fi¥ht the society back. But let us get the correct information first before knowing the next steps,” he added.

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President Tinubu signs student loan amendment bill into law

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A report from PUNCH NEWSPAPERS has it that President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, passed the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2024, into law.

This comes after separate considerations by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.

Speaking after he signed the bill, Tinubu said no Nigerian, regardless of their background, would be excluded from obtaining quality education.

“This is to ensure that no one, no matter how poor their background is, is excluded from quality education and opportunity to build their future,” said the President at the State House, Abuja.

The executive bill titled “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Students Loans (Access to Higher Education) Act, 2023 and Enact the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Bill, 2004 to Establish the Nigerian Education Loan Fund as a body corporate to receive, manage and invest funds to provide loans to Nigerians for higher education, vocational training and skills acquisition and for related matters” was signed in the presence of the leadership of the National Assembly, Ministers and Major Stakeholders of Education.

This followed separate considerations by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.

Tinubu thanked the National Assembly for considering the piece of legislation speedily, affirming that the administration is determined to increase the skill levels of Nigerians.

He said, “I have just signed a bill proclaiming the student loan effectively. First of all, I must thank members of the National Assembly for their expeditious handling of this bill considering the children of Nigeria, that education is the tool to fight against poverty effectively.

“We are determined to ensure that education is given the proper attention necessary for the country including skills development programs.

“We are here because we are all educated and were helped. In the past, we have seen a lot of our children drop out of college and give up the opportunity. That is no more, the standard and the control is there for you to apply no matter who you are as long as you are a Nigerian citizen.”

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JAMB extends Direct Entry registration to April 25

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced another extension to the Direct Entry (DE) registration for 2024, now moving the deadline to April 25th.

Initially set for March 28th and later extended to April 11th, this further extension aims to accommodate candidates facing difficulties in registering due to various challenges.

JAMB attributes the deadline shift to implementing new measures to address infractions in the DE admission process.

The board emphasizes its commitment to ensuring the integrity of the registration process and urges candidates with questionable credentials to abstain from registration venues to avoid detection and prosecution.

Fabian Benjamin, the board’s spokesperson, acknowledges the challenges faced by candidates in security screening measures and pledges to make the process more user-friendly while maintaining vigilance against fraudulent certificates.

Additionally, candidates from institutions that have not verified their certificates will still be allowed to register, but efforts to prevent the use of dubiously acquired certificates remain unchanged.

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Hardship : NAKSS, NANS laud Gov Abdulrazaq for prioritizing students’ welfare

Speaking During a Joint press Conference held in Ilorin on Wednesday, Comrade Abdulwahab Arewa, the National President of NAKSS, along with Comrade Issa Abdulgafar, his NANS counterpart, urged the governor to maintain a focus on the welfare of students, particularly during this crucial period.

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Leadership of the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Kwara state have applauded Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for prioritizing Students Welfare amidst the current economic hardship.

Speaking During a Joint press Conference held in Ilorin on Wednesday, Comrade Abdulwahab Arewa, the National President of NAKSS, along with Comrade Issa Abdulgafar, his NANS counterpart, urged the governor to maintain a focus on the welfare of students, particularly during this crucial period.

The students’ leadership praised the governor for his proactive approach, emphasizing that improving student affairs has consistently been a top priority on his agenda.

“few days ago, the leadership of the students bodies had a meeting with His Excellency, Gov Abdulrazaq where we had an engaging discussion on issues relating to students’ welfare in the state. 

The tete-a-tee interaction availed us the opportunities to explore viable strategies and initiatives that will further assist students in the cause of navigating through this trying time.

We deemed it expedient to put before His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the various issues affecting students in the state and It gladdens our hearts to inform you all that we have got a Governor who have a strong commitment and desire to satisfy the needs of the students in due time as he has cheerfully approved most of our pressing demands, including the annual bursary payment, scholarship for law students as well as some other palliatives that are tailored towards alleviating the economic hardship on the students.

Fellow Kwara state students, we are not unaware of the country’s current economic crises and its resultant challenges. However, as good and patriotic ambassadors, our spirit must remain unbowed as things will soon turn around for better as this is only a step towards achieving economic transformation and reformation which we all crave for.

Let us remain hopeful and optimistic as the Kwara State Government, under the purposeful leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is judiciously deploying resources at her disposal to make life easier for people, especially students in the state. Aside from the palliatives being given to students, various strategic measures have also been put in place to address the rising cost of food and other basic amenities in the state.

It’s evident that we have got a governor who has been greatly prioritizing our interest, even before the advent of this economic hardship in the country. He’s proven himself to be ahumble and proactive man who never gets tired of listening to the yearnings of the students as improvement of our affairs has always remain a topmost part of his agenda.

However, we passionately appeal to the Governor to continue to prioritize the interest of the students especially at this critical time, while we also appeal to the Governor to extend the distribution of palliatives to our vulnerable students and inclusion of private school students schooling in Kwara while disbursing students bursary.”The Student leaders said.

Conclusively, The Student leaders, urged students in the state to remain calm and hopeful in the cause of building a new nation that will be full of great opportunities for all of us to thrive, 

They cautioned them against allowing themselves to be manipulated or utilized as instruments to disrupt the peace and serenity of the state by any individual or group.

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Prof. Sulaiman gives out free JAMB to Students in Kwara 

According to a statement obtained by Sho Pen Online on Sunday, the initiative was aimed at providing the requisite opportunities and support to the good people of the state.

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A former Minister of National Planning and the Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman has successfully registered 200 Students for this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination through a socio-economic development project tagged “The Amana Project” 

According to a statement obtained by Sho Pen Online on Sunday, the initiative was aimed at providing the requisite opportunities and support to the good people of the state.

The beneficiaries of the free Jamb cut across the 53 wards of Kwara Central Senatorial District.

In their separate remarks, Beneficiaries Expressed their profound appreciation for the kind gesture.

 

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10th Empowerment : IEYDA Pays School fees of JEO’s summer lesson students

The payment also covered outstanding students of the Just Event Online Long Holiday Summer Lesson in 2023.

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In preparation for the 10th annual empowerment program by the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), the association has successfully cleared school fees for secondary school students in Ilorin Emirate, from Primary 1 to Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3, including Payment of BECE.

The payment also covered outstanding students of the Just Event Online Long Holiday Summer Lesson in 2023.

In an interview with Just Event Online TV on Friday morning, IEYDA PRO, Alh Mohammed Uthman Jagunma, disclosed that the full empowerment program is scheduled for tomorrow at the forecourt of the Emir of Ilorin Palace.

This program targets artisans, aged, widows, young business youth, and MSMEs as major beneficiaries.

He stated that this payment of school fees signifies IEYDA’s commitment to prioritizing education, encompassing Western education, skill acquisition, and Islamic education.

Speaking further, Alh Jagunma urged well-meaning individuals and philanthropists to attend and support the program. He said 10th annual empowerment program will feature a sermon delivered by the Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa.

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Kwara Assembly Member, Maryam Aladi gives scholarships to 500 Constituents 

These beneficiaries were chosen from 45 schools in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State. 

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The Deputy Whip and Representative for Ilorin South State Constituency, Hon. Maryam Yusuf Aladi, has granted educational scholarships to 500 students within her constituency through her foundation, MAY Foundation. 

These beneficiaries were chosen from 45 schools in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State. 

This initiative by the Kwara lawmaker underscores her commitment to ensuring accessible education for all. 

Students who benefited from this scholarship scheme were selected from; Fate/Basin Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Sheikh Abdulsalam Secondary school, United Community Sec. School and Government Secondary School Oke Aluko. 

Others are; Muhyideen Arabic Junior Secondary school,Sango Junior Secondary school,Govt Girls Day Secondary school, Oke Suna, St Barnabas Junior Secondary school, St Williams Secondary School amongst others. 

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