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
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.
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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,
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.
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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
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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