May 26, 2024

1.2m students to benefit from first phase of education loan – First Lady

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First Lady Oluremi Tinubu

The First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu says no fewer than 1.2 million students will benefit from the first phase of the students education loan scheme which commenced on May 24.

Mrs Tinubu disclosed this in the State House on Sunday during the Nigerian Youth Celebration, with the theme “Becoming: Pathway to Success.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was in commemoration of the first year anniversary of President Tinubu administration.

“It is noteworthy that the administration of President Tinubu, has been exceptionally youth friendly.

“The administration has demonstrated commitment to youth inclusion in empowerment and governance.

“This is evident in the unprecedented appointment of young leaders as Ministers, heads of agencies and parastatals, as well as the full implementation of the Students Loan Scheme,” she said.

Mrs Tinubu expressed her commitment to supporting and encouraging the youths, particularly through her Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI).

She said the RHI is geared towards complementing the efforts of Mr President, in the areas of education, agriculture, social investment and economic empowerment.”

The first lady further assured the youths that the current administration would do its best in making Nigerians happy.

“We will continue to do our best to provide an enabling environment to foster and support the youth as active participants in national development and in re-writing Nigeria’s story for good.

“I urge you to keep believing in Nigeria. By the grace of God, we will witness the rebirth of a new nation that will take its rightful place among the comity of Nations,” she said.

Mrs Tinubu charged panel of discussants at the event to offer their wealth of experiences in guiding participants in the right way.

The panelists include, Mr Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess player and coach, holding the Guinness World Records for the longest marathon chess game.

Another participant is, 2nd Lt. Oluchukwu Owowoh, who shattered barriers and soared to become the first Nigerian woman commissioned from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was also among the panelists.

“Not only did you make history, but you also emerged as the most outstanding cadet among your peers, you are an inspiration to so many young girls.

“I commend our budding fashion designer, Hauwa, whose creativity and passion shines through.

“I also commend Iyinoluwa, who has contributed to African innovation and investment landscape as well as other tech gurus and innovators, whose efforts continue to shape our country and the continent for good,” she said.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Dr Jamila Ibrahim, commended the first lady for organising the programme.

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