The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has criticized the management of some higher institutions for failing to upload their students’ data to the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) portal.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, NANS President Comrade Lucky Emonefe expressed disappointment with the institutions that have not yet submitted their students’ data despite the July 12, 2024, deadline set by NELFUND.

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The statement read in part: “NANS frowns upon this development as it shows a lack of commitment and urgency on the part of the remaining state higher institutions in Nigeria.

“NELFUND was established to provide interest-free loans to students in need, and it is disheartening to see that some institutions are not taking advantage of this limited opportunity for their students.

“We call on the management of these institutions to prioritize the uploading of their students’ data on the loan board portal before the deadline.

“Education is a fundamental right, and every student deserves access to financial support to further their studies.

“NANS will continue to monitor the situation closely and call on the remaining institutions to immediately ensure that all students have the opportunity to benefit from this loan scheme.

“We will not stand by and allow any student to be denied access to education due to administrative negligence.

“Failure to make this provision available to the NELFUND portal within the next 48 hours will leave us with the only option of rolling out our action plans against the erring institutions,” he stated.