Hon. Sunday Asefon, the Senior Special Adviser to President Tinubu on students engagements, has inaugurated a nine man committee to champion the “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Renewed Hope Students Agenda”.

Hon. Asefon inaugurated members of the committee during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.

At the inauguration, Hon. Asefon thanked President Tinubu for his uncommon support to the Nigerian Students since assumption of office.

Asefon explained that Tinubu has signed the Students loan Act, released the Tertiary Institutions Intervention Fund, removed the Tertiary institutions from IPPS, released the CNG Buses to Tertiary institutions, amongst other initiatives and interventions.

Asefon also unveiled his Vision Statement, which he says will propel platform for promoting student engagement, empowering students leadership, and fostering a conducive learning environment that nurtures future leaders and will contribute to National Development. While unveiling his Mission Statement, he said “it is to serve as a bridge for students engagement in governance, policy formulation, and implementation to foster students leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, critical thinking, and social cohesion thereby prioritizing the needs and rights of students”.

In line with the implementation of his vision and mission, the Senior Special Assistant inaugurated a nine man committee tagged “PBAT National Student Leaders Summit and Unveiling of Renewed Hope Campus Ambassadors” to be chaired by Comr. Kasar Moses Teryima and Co-Chaired by Comr. SA Lukman. According to him, the program is aimed at mentoring thousands of young people to be best leaders in the 21st century in line with president Tinubu’s agenda.

Other programs initiated to be implemented within the space of time in the office include “the Nigerian Student Leaders Regional Dialogue”, which centers on the identification and discussion of student challenges on campus, sensitization on Student Loan Scheme, Social Investment and Empowerment.
“Annual All Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Students Affairs Conference-ANTISAC”.
A conference of all Dean of Students affairs of Tertiary institutions in Nigeria under a theme: effective management of student’s affairs to guarantee uninterrupted academic calendar.

Local and foreign Engagement of Student bodies/Inauguration of National Student Management Committee. Diaspora Student Leaders Retreat. Nigeria Student Leaders Conferences In UK, Canada and Europe in collaboration with Nigeria in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM.

Renewed Hope Local and Foreign Digital skills & Training Scholarship Scheme.
Sponsorship of best graduating students in ICT related courses in partnership with local and foreign Tech. Institutions in collaboration with NITDA, NCC, MIN of Communication & Digital Economy, State Government, Ministry of Science and Technology, and other relevant agencies.

Quarterly Engagement of past and current Student leaders to Dissect Social investment and Empowerment Programs of Federal Government Social Investment policies and Empowerment programs among the populace (feedback mechanisms) in collaboration with SEMDAN, Ministry of Trade & Investment, Ministry of Humanitarian and poverty Alleviation, NITDA, Ministry of Labour and others.

He said his office will Partner with Embassies and International Development organizations to attract value addition to Nigerian student community such as scholarship and exchange program.
He pointed out the importance of security on campuses and said he will embark on stakeholders Dialogue on Safe School project in partnership with DSS, NSCDC, NPF, NIA, Military and other security agency to enhance security around schools and campuses.

The senior special assistant stated that Attachment and Internship placement scheme is pivotal for students as part of their studies, therefore, a scheme to accelerate perfect placement and mandatory absorption of IT students in various field in collaboration with CAC and MDAs will be facilitated alongside National Student competition/Regional symposium on Reviving Reading Culture and use of library. Readership Campaign in secondary school in collaboration with UBEC, JAMB and other Private sector players/NGO.

National and Regional Campaign against social vices among students on campus where by a campaign and sensitization on Drug Abuse, indecent dressing, Cyber Crime and others will be launch in collaboration with EFCC, ICPC, NDLEA, NOA, Security Agencies, Education Agencies and Departments.

Encouraging students to embark on Agriculture is key and developmental, therefore, Nigerian Students in Agriculture Program will be established in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, Nirsal, BOI, AfDB, DBN and other relevant MDAs.

Nigerian Students Climate Action Project. A concerted student engagement in climate change action and activities in collaboration with SDG and other Local and foreign bodies as a focus.

Partnership and Collaboration with Private Sector for subsidized Products and Services.
A business negotiation with private sector, those offering student most patronized products and services for subsidized rate (Student Rate/Price) such as Telecom, NBC, Banks etc

With the above activities in place, he said he is convinced that the hope of Nigerian Students will be re-invigorated in the administration of His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

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