May 6, 2024

NELFUND: Bring on strategic thinking, visionary leadership — Reps tell Jim Ovia

Tinubu appoints Jim Ovia as chairman, Nigerian Education Loan Fund

… says education, a tool to fighting poverty in Nigeria

By Gift Chapi Odekina,Abuja

The House of Representatives Committee on Student Loans, Scholarships and Higher Education, Hon Adegboyega Isiaka has called on the newly appointed chairman of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Jim Ovia to bring on board his proven strategic thinking and visionary leadership in making the education loan a success.

This is as the committee also congratulated Jim Ovia on his appointment as chairman of NELFUND by President Bola Tinubu.

He said “It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of House Committee on Student Loans, Scholarships and Higher Education Financing, congratulate you on your appointment as Chairman of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) by His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu pursuant to Section 7 (1)(a) of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund Act of 2024.

“Your distinguished career exemplifies visionary leadership and commitment to excellence, especially in the financial sector. As a boardroom guru imbued with great intellect and drive, your proven strategic thinking and managerial acumen make you uniquely qualified for this pivotal role.

“The Fund and its Board will undoubtedly benefit from your financial expertise and visionary prowess and with your guidance, gain renewed focus to fulfill the mission of ensuring accessible higher education for all students, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

“Expanding access to higher education financing has played significant role in the socio-economic development of nations. For this scheme to succeed and be sustainable, strong leadership with technical expertise, innovation, passion and integrity is crucial – qualities you embody.

“Once again, please accept my heartfelt congratulations. As Chairman House Committee on Student Loans, Scholarships, and Higher Education financing, I, alongside other committee members, in providing our oversight and other functions, look forward to collaborating with you and your board to ensure the success of this initiative of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Together, with a common commitment, we can build on this scheme not only as a key part of the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of Mr. President but also of the overarching goal of using education as a tool for fighting poverty in our nation. Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.