May 29, 2024

NANS decries slow disbursement of loans from Students Loan Board

Student loan

By Joseph Erunke, ABUJA

President of National Association of Nigerian Students,NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, has expressed concerns over the slow disbursement of loans from the Student Loan Board.

Emonefe,who led the association’s executive to a meeting with the Minister of Education,Prof. Tahir Mamman,in Abuja,
called for a streamlined process to ensure timely financial support for students.

He, however,thanked the federal government over its support to his administration as well as Nigerian students.

The Director,Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education,Folasade Boriowo,in a statement to this effect,said the NANS’ President, presented pressing issues affecting Nigerian students to the minister.

During the meeting, Emonefe “acknowledged efforts to enhance campus security but advocated for regular security audits. “

“He proposed the implementation of a standardized ID card system for all students nationwide to improve tracking, management, and security of student.

“Additionally, the President advocated the inclusion of student representatives in the governing councils of educational institutions and highlighted the plight of students on scholarships abroad facing significant hardship due to unpaid tuition fees and allowances, urging the ministry to expedite payments to alleviate their distress,”the statement said.

It explained that the ” meeting which focused on critical issues affecting Nigerian students, including the Student Loan Board, campus security, uniform ID card system, and the involvement of students in educational governance. “

On his part,the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, expressed his appreciation for the maturity and high standards demonstrated by NANS in addressing student matters.

“He emphasized the importance of open communication and understanding in resolving issues, noting that many problems arise from poor communication rather than the issues themselves.

Prof. Mamman also highlighted ongoing government’s efforts to enhance campus security through the National Safe School Rapid Response Center, which swiftly addresses security threats.

“Additionally, Prof. Mamman outlined new initiatives under the ministry’s policy framework, such as the Data Repository, Out-of-School Teachers Development and Skill Acquisition,DOTS programme.

“This initiative aims to improve employability and skills training for teachers, with comprehensive data collection to track student progress and school infrastructure across the country.

“The minister also reiterated the importance of enforcing existing policies, such as insurance coverage for tertiary students, and promised to address scholarship issues promptly,”the statement said.

Also speaking at the event,Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, acknowledged the NANS leadership’s proactive approach and diplomatic engagement.

“Your approach to issues is commendable and different from other unions, your diplomatic and engaging manner is highly appreciated,” Sununu stated.

“Dr. Sununu discussed the challenges faced by students on Bilateral Education Agreement Scholarships abroad, attributing delays in funding to budget constraints. He assured the students that the ministry is working tirelessly with the finance ministry’ to alleviate their suffering and that a proposal to address these issues is being developed.

“Sununu also emphasized the importance of inclusivity and urged the NANS’ leadership to embrace contributions from all members to enhance the effectiveness of their administration.

“He pledged the ministry’s support for upcoming student programme and stressed the need to combat misinformation, particularly concerning the NELFund, by educating students to use official channels to avoid fraud,”the statement added.