The Students Loans Bill signed into Law by President Bola Tinubu on Monday, will boost the educational pursuit of the youths across the country.
Mr Dele Alake, a member of Tinubu’s strategy team said this on Monday at the end of the signing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Tinubu signed the bill in fulfilment of his campaign promise to make loans available to Nigerian students.
Alake said students who will enjoy the loan facility must show evidence of being indigent.
The law would allow indigent students in tertiary institutions to access a Federal Government loan for the duration of their studies.
He said that a committee drawn from all the relevant educational stakeholders would be set up to handle the efficient disbursement of the loans.
Alake said that a percentage of the revenue of the Federation would be used to finance the new initiative.
Mr Andrew Adejo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, said the bill would rest the case of lack of fund hindering indigents educational pursuit.
He said the signing of the bill signified how the Tinubu administration intended to handle the issue of qualitative and quantitative education in its period.
Adejo said the ministry already had experience in students financial dealings through the student scholarship boards scheme.
He added that the country’s handling of loans recovery in various projects would also come handy in the recouping of loans.
He added that the interest free loan would be disbursed based on the students number of years of study and ability to pay back.
The permanent secretary said the media should assist in disseminating information on the issue of funding of education in the country.
H said the states should march the financial and technical support of the Federal Government in order to give Nigerians good education.