The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the provision of a free transportation scheme for students in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education across the country.
President Bola Tinubu maintained that the policy is in furtherance of ameliorating the sufferings of high transportation costs for higher education students on parents and guardians.
Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy, stated this on 31st July, 2023.
The President added that the buses will be made available to the student union bodies of all institutions.
Furthermore, President Tinubu instructed that any form of restriction that may hinder the approved students’ loan scheme or deny the less privileged students access be removed across the board.
He reinstated that his endeavours are to ensure no Nigerian student abandons his or her educational pursuits as a result of a lack of money or economic circumstances.
In a similar development, the President directed all federal institutions to shun arbitrary increases in tuition fees to complement the government’s efforts to stabilize the economy.
The statement continued, “While it is important to reiterate that President Tinubu has directed release of over 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains to families in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the government is working to ensure that vulnerable students can also benefit from conditional cash transfers and food distribution.”
It added, “The Federal Government salutes the courage, wisdom and partnership of Nigerian Students as our country navigates this challenging time.
“President Tinubu will continue to prioritise education and the needs of the students, improve welfare of teaching and non-academic staff and invest in infrastructure to make our institutions of higher learning become more globally competitive.”