Student loan scheme begins January, says Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu on Monday affirmed that the student loan scheme he approved on June 12, 2023, will kick off in January 2024.

He also promised that episodes of industrial action by academic staff unions of tertiary institutions would become a thing of the past.

“By January 2024, the new student loan programme must commence. To the future of our children and students, we’re saying no more strikes,” Tinubu said when he declared open the 29th session of the annual Nigeria Economic Summit at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

The NES is anchored by the non-profit think-tank, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

Tinubu, who elaborated on his administration’s plans to stabilise the economy through the collaboration of all stakeholders, especially the private sector, also noted the need to immediately initiate a sustainable credit scheme.

He reasoned that such a scheme would aid an effective anti-corruption campaign

“There must be consumer credit; the scheme will have to come into effect as soon as possible. I thank my team and my colleagues for building this programme.

“We cannot talk about anti-corruption when you have to look for cash to buy a car when there’s no mortgage for homeownership,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Dr Tahir Mamman, said the student loan would be administered by the Central Bank of Nigeria through the loan board.

When asked shortly before the start of Monday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, Mamman told our correspondent: “The scheme is being facilitated by the CBN and some agencies under my ministry with the office of the Chief of Staff to the President (Femi Gbajabiamila).”

Each student, he said, would get the earlier announced N500,000. The exact number of beneficiaries is not known.  Mamman said, “They (applicants) will be treated based on the number of those who registered.”


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