The newly elected President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Lucky Emonefe, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200,000 for all Nigerian students across the board.
Emonefe, in his first news conference in Abuja on Sunday, said the fund would serve as palliatives to cushion the hard economic effects of the Tinubu administration’s reforms, including fuel subsidy removal.
NANS has its election on November 27, 2023, with Emonefe emerging victorious. He takes over from the outgone NANS President, Usman Barambu.
He said, “NANS, under my leadership, inasmuch as I will not be a rubber-stamp to government decisions and policies, by the same token we shall not be used by any individual or groups to advance or achieve their nefarious agenda against the state.
“We shall closely monitor, analyse and scrutinise government policies as they relate to the general well-being of the students and greater welfare of the Nigerian citizenry before coming up with our position on governance. Strictly speaking, our NANS is NANS for the students’ interests alone.
“As a flow from the above, we hereby make a passionate appeal to Mr President to approve a national annual bursary of 200,000 for all Nigerians, irrespective of their creed or tribe.
“This, of course, will serve to cushion the effects of the hard economic situation occasioned by the overdue economic reforms of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”