Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has told Nigerian youths to take advantage of the newly introduced Student Loan Scheme initiated by the Federal Government to acquire university education.
He mentioned this at the official opening and matriculation of the first set of students at Kogi State University (KSU), Kabba.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Bola Tinubu has recently introduced the Students’ Loan Scheme to assist less privileged students in acquiring tertiary education.
“Nigerians now have no reason not to acquire a university education. I call on Nigerians to latch on to the student loan scheme of President Bola Tinubu to acquire education,” he said.
“Today I’m fulfilled. I promised to be part of the ceremony for the first set of matriculating students of Kogi State University, Kabba. I feel fulfilled and satisfied that we achieved our dreams.
“When we started this university, there were many distractions. But because I remained focused, I refused to be distracted.“We made education one of our thematic areas on assumption of office. I’m happy that we are rated the best in our geopolitical zone in the area of education,” Bello said.
He urged the people of the state to play politics of inclusion rather than adopt the pull-him-down style of politics.Bello said that the state had the best health facilities in Nigeria, urging the people to take advantage of the Reference Hospital, Okene, rather than travel for medical attention outside the country.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, KSU, Kabba, Prof. Kehinde Eniola, described the inauguration of the university and the matriculation as a fulfilment of the governor’s love for education.The vice chancellor said the new institution would focus on citizenship and leadership training, adding that it would run digitally towards making the students ready for the future.
The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, eulogised the governor for outstandingly repositioning the traditional stool of Kabba and for giving the area a university.NAN reports that about 1200 students were matriculated at the ceremony to pave the way for their academic pursuits at the newly established Kogi State University (KSU), Kabba.