In an unprecedented, yet daring move in light of the current economic realities in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that students of science, technology and education in tertiary institutions will enjoy free education.
The president dropped the hint Tuesday during the 2016 budget presentation to a joint session of the National Assembly.
According to Buhari, this would indeed mark a historic milestone for us as a nation.
He also said his administration would unveil a conditional cash transfer programme for the poorest and most vulnerable in society just as he disclosed that the full programme would be presented in the coming weeks.
President Buhari stressed that the programme would include home-grown public primary school feeding.
“Furthermore, through the office of the Vice President, we are working with various development partners to design an implementable and transparent conditional cash transfer program for the poorest and most vulnerable.
“This program will be implemented in phases. Already, the compilation of registers of the poorest persons is ongoing.
“In the coming weeks, we will present the full programme which will include our home-grown public primary school feeding and free education for science, technology and education students in our tertiary institutions.
“Indeed, this will mark a historic milestone for us as a nation”, President Buhari said.