Written by Godfrey AKON

FG commits N3bn to scholarships in 3 years

The Nigerian government said it spent N3 billion on award of various scholarship schemes in the last three years.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this recently at a briefing in Abuja, said the move was to support indigent brilliant students across the country to realise their dreams.

Adamu’s announcement comes on the heels of allegations that several Nigerian students on scholarship abroad were abandoned by the federal government and have not been paid their allowances for over twelve months.

According to a report anchored by an online platform, Nigerian students on bilateral education agreement to Morocco “now go cap in hand begging for survival.”

Meanwhile, the minister has announced a new policy shift by the federal government which mandates all scholarship schemes to be registered with the federal scholarship board.

He said "The Federal Government has therefore, decided that henceforth, all the scholarship schemes, be it Federal Government, bilateral education agreement, commonwealth, individual or corporate scholarship, states bursary allowances or local government's study grants or any other form of scholarship must be registered with the federal government scholarship board.

"This is to avoid duplication of efforts and a situation where one student gets multiple scholarship at the expense of others.

"With proper co-ordination in this regard, it is my hope that more students will be able to come on board any of the scholarship platforms to realise their dreams.

"In processing the applications, government will place emphasis on the poor who are academically sound. Priority would be given to children from rural areas. Examine your conscience before you put in your application.”

Adamu announced that all applications for the four major scholarship schemes under the federal government will be closed on 2nd January, 2019, urging Nigerians to key into the window.

According to him, the four scholarship schemes being provided or supported by the Federal Government are: the Federal Scholarship, the Bilateral Education Agreement Scholarship, BEA, the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship.

He said the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, would conduct the qualifying examination for applicants on the 17th January, 2019, in designated centres across the six geo-political zones of the country.

The minister has also directed the federal scholarship board to henceforth register all the scholarship schemes being provided by public and private individuals or organizations in Nigeria.


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