Hardship: Give students palliative, NANS urges FG, States - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, March 7, 2024

Hardship: Give students palliative, NANS urges FG, States

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the federal and state government to provide palliatives and education grants to students of tertiary institutions, to ease the suffering of students in the face of the current economic hardship.

The National President of NANS, Pedro Obi, made the appeal in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday.

The student body also called on FG and state government to provide shuttle buses for use of students to commute to their schools.

Obi who lamented that the high cost of living has made things difficult for students forcing some to abandon their education.

"In light of the prevailing economic challenges faced by students, we are calling on the government to implement immediate measures aimed at providing palliatives and grants to alleviate the financial strain on the student community.

"The economic impact of the ongoing challenges has disproportionately affected students, many of whom are navigating increased tuition costs, living expenses, and limited employment opportunities. 

"Recognising the pivotal role education plays in national development, it is crucial to ensure that students are not hindered by financial constraints.

"We appeal to the government to consider the implementation of targeted palliatives and grants specifically tailored to support students during these difficult times. 

"This assistance would not only contribute to the well-being of individual students, but also foster a conducive environment for academic excellence.

"We acknowledge the government's commitment to the welfare of its citizens and believes that extending support to students is an investment in the nation's future. By providing financial relief, the government can empower students to continue their education without the burden of overwhelming economic challenges", the NANS president said.

He urged the government to partner with the leadership of student bodies across the nation in implementing the policy.

"We encourage open dialogue and collaboration between government officials and student representatives to ensure that any proposed measures effectively address the unique needs of the student community. Together, we can navigate these challenging times and build a stronger, more resilient educational system", Obi said.

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