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Student loan: Jim Ovia tasked to create equal opportunity to all applicants

Jim Ovia

By Tochukwu Bliss, Abuja

Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, has been charged to create equal opportunity for all applicants for student loans.

President Bola Tinubu gave the charge following his approval of the appointment of Mr. Ovia as the Chairman, Board of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Friday, said Mr Ovia is ensure that “no Nigerian student suffers a capricious end to their pursuit of higher education over a lack of funds and of ensuring that Nigerian youths, irrespective of who they are.”

More importantly, such applicants are also to “have access to higher education and skills that will make them productive members of society and core contributors to the knowledge-based global economy of this century.”

According to the statement, the President believes Mr. Ovia will bring his immense wealth of experience and professional stature to this role to advance the all-important vision of NELFUND.

The National Student Loan Programme is a pivotal intervention that seeks to guarantee sustainable higher education and functional skill development for all Nigerian students and youths.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund, the implementing institution of this innovation, demands excellence and Nigerians of the finest professional ilk to guide and manage.

Mr. Ovia is also the Founder and Chancellor of James Hope University, Lekki, Lagos. The university was recently approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to offer postgraduate degrees in business courses.

It commenced activities in September 2023.

Through his philanthropy—the Jim Ovia Foundation—he has shown the importance of obtaining a good education.

The National Student Loan Programme is a pivotal intervention that seeks to guarantee sustainable higher education and functional skill development for all Nigerian students and youths.

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