Comrade Sunday Asefon, President of NANS

NANS urges inclusion of students in government’s cash transfer programme

*Leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students say students in institutions of higher learning in the country have been marginalised in the various programmes of government in combating the harsh economic realities

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As one of the government’s four social investment programmes, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Federal Government to add indigent students of tertiary institutions on its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.

Comrade Sunday Asefon, President of NANS, stated this in a New Year statement Saturday, January 2, 2021.

The NANS President said the association also would launch an e-platform for the Nigerian students to report cases of sexual harassment, intimidation, wrongful suspension or expulsion, among others in 2021.

Asefon explained that “another great issue of importance to us in 2021 shall be advocacy to have indigent tertiary institution students on the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer programme.

He said: “This, we believe, will go a long way in assisting the active demography of our population. This also must be seen as an investment in the future.”

“The students have been marginalised in the various programmes of government towards combating the harsh economic realities but we believe that students can also be considered in all these intervention programmes without altering the budgets.”

According to him, “since this intervention will be aimed at indigent students and carried out with the assistance of tertiary institution managements, it will be easy to manage.”

Recall that the National Cash Transfer Programme, commenced in 2016, is one of the four social investment programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Beneficiaries of the programme are determined from the National Social Register comprising State Social Registers of poor and vulnerable households in the country.

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