The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Tuesday, commended President Bola Tinubu for the student loan initiative.
This was contained in a statement signed by its president, Mr Niyi Sunmonu. The body expressed optimism that the loan would provide access to tertiary education for the less privileged.
Our correspondent reports that CONUA is a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The statement read in part, “We are not advocating throwing away the baby with the bath water. We are optimists who wish that the loan will provide the opportunity for the less privileged to have access to university education, increase funding into the system, and help to stabilize the academic calendar.
“As a union, we are aware of the Renewed Hope agenda of this administration. We also acknowledge the decision to take the very tough actions required to engineer fundamental changes in the polity.
“We equally appreciate the commitment to take the actions necessary to ameliorate the temporary painful effects of the inescapable tough decisions. CONUA hopes the administration would provide visionary leadership for the sustainable and progressive development of all facets of the nation.
“We, therefore, assure of our readiness to partner with this administration by generating and making accessible ideas and suggestions that will take, in particular, our educational system from its current state to a pedestal that we shall all be proud of. Together, we will work to engender renewed hope in Nigeria and create the conditions for the fulfillment of the noble aspirations of the citizenry.”