Written by Godfrey AKON

COSFAN to offer voluntary services on education

As part of its commitment to ensure Nigeria achieves the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, in science and technology, the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association of Nigeria, COSFAN, has expressed readiness to offer voluntary services on education.

Speaking at a meeting with the Minister of Education in Abuja, the President of COSFAN, Mrs. Abiola Adimula, said the association was committed to the promotion of scholarships by institutions of award to deserving Nigerians.

Adimula also noted that COSFAN would act as a think-tank in different need-based development issues in Nigeria and between Nigeria, UK and other Commonwealth countries, among others.

She said “We are determined to provide voluntary services, to improve the education and other relevant sectors by making ourselves available to share our wealth of knowledge and professionalism."

“Our programmes and activities are targeted towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in science and technology, strengthening health systems and capacity, promoting global prosperity and strengthening global peace, security and governance.

While pledging COSFAN’s commitment to give back to the society, she said the association would extend to the ministry, the Commonwealth scholarship project camp scheme for selected candidates.

She urged the minister to include the association in the list of nominating agencies for Commonwealth scholarship schemes saying this will help put Nigeria in advantage position to support assessment of candidates based on the UK Commonwealth development thematic areas.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, responded by pledging the support of the Federal Government to the association in carrying out its obligation.

Adamu said the Ministry will synergize with the association in rendering services to the education sector, urging COSFAN to also structure its loan scheme as the loan scheme would be better than the scholarship, if structured well.

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