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Tinubu writes House Of Reps, Seeks Repeal, Re-enactment of Student Loan Bill

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Tinubu Signs Student Loan Bill Into Law

In a letter to the House of Representatives on Thursday, President Bola Tinubu requested the repeal and reintroduction of the Student Loan Bill.

The letter, which was read during plenary by the Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, was titled, TRANSMISSION OF STUDENT LOANS (ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION) (REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT) BILL, 2024, and dated March 14, 2024. 2024 and dated March 14, 2024.

The President said this seeks to enhance the implementation of the Higher Education Student Loan Scheme by addressing challenges related to the management structure of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELF).

The letter reads, “Pursuant to Section 58(2) of the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). I forward, herewith, The Student Loan (Access to Higher Education) (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2024 for the kind consideration of the House of Representatives.

“The Student Loan (Access to Higher Education) (Repeal and Re- Enactment) Bill, 2024, seeks to enhance the implementation of the Higher Education Student Loan Scheme by addressing challenges related to the management structure of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELF), applicant eligibility requirements, loan purpose, funding sources and disbursement and repayment procedures.

“Whilst hoping that this submission will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the House of Representatives, please accept, Rt. Honourable Speaker, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, the Bill to repeal and reenactment, which was presented during plenary on Thursday, received expeditious hearing as it scaled first and second reading.

It was titled, “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Students Loans (Access to Higher Education) Act, 2023, and Enact the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Bill, 2024 to Establish the Nigerian Education Loan Fund as a Body Corporate to Receive, Manage and Invest Funds to Provide Loans to Nigerians for Higher Education, Vocational Training and Skills Acquisition and for Related Matters (HB.1266).

All the lawmakers who debated the matter on the floor spoke in favour of the bill, saying that it should be passed into law as quickly as possible for the benefit of Nigerian education.

 

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