Written by Godfrey AKON

Russia, Algeria award scholarships to 115 Nigerians

The Governments of Russia and Algeria have awarded scholarships to 115 Nigerian students under the 2017/2018 Bilateral Education Agreement.

Speaking at an orientation ceremony for the scholars shortly before they left Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the Bilateral Education scholarship will take care of tuition fees, accommodation and little stipend will be provided by the donor country.

Adamu said Nigeria would provide supplementary allowance of $6, 000 per annum for feeding, local transportation, maintenance, equipment and books.

Nigeria would also offer warm clothing allowance of $250 per annum, health insurance of $200 per annum, take-off grant of N60, 000 at departure for undergraduates as well as N100, 000 before departure for postgraduate students.

“Passages in the form of one-way tickets to the country of study and return ticket at the end of the course paid through the Nigeria mission, while medical allowances of $500 per annum for medical students is paid after the first year of language course,” he said.

Represented by the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Lami Amodu, the minister disclosed that 94 scholars were going to Russia, while 21 proceeded to Algeria, adding that students designated for Hungary had earlier departed.

He also disclosed that four scholarship offers came from China, 10 from Egypt, 54 from Morocco while that of Serbia is still being awaited.

“The countries you are going to have their laws and customs and you are expected to respect them always,” Adamu advised the scholars.

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