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Gbajabiamila faults critics of student loans

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has cautioned against the condemnation of the Student Loan Bank being proposed by through the Student Loan Bill that has been passed by the National Assembly because of the failed attempts made previously.

A statement issued Wednesday night by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said critical stakeholders in the education sector expressed support for the return of the student loan scheme for students of tertiary education in Nigeria.

The speaker who was reacting to the assertion made by the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said cynicism against the bill runs counter to proffering solutions to the challenges of funding confronting Nigerian students in public tertiary institutions.

Osodeke, that the university lecturers would not support the proposed Student Loan Bank as proposed by the Student Loan Bill, sponsored by the Speaker because the previous attempt failed.