NANS Advocates Students-Centred Palliative Programmes to Cushion Subsidy Removal

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It is no doubt that the impact brought about by the removal of fuel subsidies is being felt by a lot of Nigerians. In response to this the umbrella body of students, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has urged the Federal Government to design a student-centred palliative plan.

Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez, NANS President of the Senate, said that Nigerian students who are suffering the pangs of economic hardship have been neglected, and the constant rise in the cost of living has placed an additional burden on these students.

He said, “Students represent a vulnerable demographic, and the ripple effects of subsidy removal directly affect our ability to pursue education. The increased transportation costs, resulting from hike in fuel prices, disproportionately impact students who often rely on public transportation. This surge in daily expenses exacerbates the financial strain already faced by many students.

“In light of these challenges, we call upon the Federal Government to design and implement a palliative plan that directly addresses the needs of Nigerian students. A well-structured plan could include targeted financial assistance, subsidies on essential goods, and increased funding for education to mitigate the indirect consequences of subsidy removal.”

To prevent diversion and ensure transparency in the engagement with students, NANS suggested student representation involvement in both the design and execution of the plan. The association appealed to the federal government to alleviate and demonstrate its commitment to prioritising education and safeguarding the aspirations of the future leaders of the nation by implementing a comprehensive palliative plan.

 

 

 

 

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