Reps to approve student loan bill

The essence of the interactive forum with students was to enhance better participation of young people on democratic process for them to understand the workings of parliament.

LASU students

Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has assured the 8th National Assembly, especially the House, would ensure the passage of Students Loan Bill to access higher education and give every student equal right to complete their education without financial hindrances.

Gbajabiamila added that education was a right and not a priviledge. He urged the Nigerian government to make sure education is available for any and all youths in the country.

The Rep leader sad that the essence of establishing education bank was to enable indigent students have access to  loan without interest, which would only be paid back after the student had graduated and started work.

Gbajabiamila stated this during an interactive session with student leaders of Nigerian universities, organised by the National Institute of Legislative Studies, NILS, in Abuja, yesterday, May 9.

During the event, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, encouraged the students, saying that in their hands laid the promise of a great nation that would emerge from the ashes of current travails, to create a Nigeria that everybody would be proud of.

The Speaker in his address, said:

“This country belongs to you but it’s under the stranglehold of men and women of a generation that have overreached itself.

“The truth is that nothing will be ceded or conceded to your generation without a fight. In this endeavour, your voices mean nothing if you don’t have the votes.

“Therefore, all students in Nigeria must not only register to vote and cast their votes during elections, they must also ensure that their votes count.The Chairman, Nigerian Young Parliamentarian Forum and African representatives on the Board of Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, Rep Nnanna Igbokwe, representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency of Imo State, said the essence of the interactive forum with students was to enhance better participation of young people on democratic process for them to understand the workings of parliament.

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