The Federal Government has taken significant steps to address the challenges faced by students in tertiary institutions across the country. In an effort to curb arbitrary increases in fees payable by students, the government issued an order to all universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education to halt such practices.
President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is committed to easing the impact of fuel subsidy removal on students. To achieve this, the government has approved the provision of buses to students’ bodies in these institutions, ensuring easier access to campuses and alleviating the burden of higher transportation costs on students, parents, and guardians.
Furthermore, President Tinubu has demonstrated his dedication to supporting students’ educational pursuits by removing all restrictions on the students’ loan. This makes it available to any student or household in need, regardless of their economic circumstances.
To prevent additional financial strain on parents and students, President Tinubu directed authorities in federal higher learning institutions to refrain from arbitrary increases in sundry fees. Where possible, further fee hikes should be deferred to reduce difficulties faced by students and their families.
Recognizing the hardships brought on by the fuel subsidy removal, the government has already taken action by releasing over 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains to families in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Additionally, vulnerable students will have the opportunity to benefit from conditional cash transfers and food distribution.
While these measures aim to alleviate financial pressure on students and improve their welfare, some concerns have been raised by academic staff unions, such as ASUU and ASUP. However, the government assures that its priority remains education and the needs of students, promising to invest in infrastructure to enhance the global competitiveness of higher learning institutions.
In conclusion, the Federal Government acknowledges the courage and wisdom of Nigerian students during this challenging time. President Tinubu’s commitment to education and students’ well-being remains steadfast, ensuring that no student abandons their educational aspirations due to financial constraints.