Written by Godfrey AKON

67 Nigerians awarded Commonwealth scholarship

As Nigeria joins 52 member nations to celebrate the 2019 Commonwealth Day on Monday, March 11, 2019, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that between 2015 and 2018, over 67 Nigerians were awarded Commonwealth Scholarship to study in other countries.

Adamu spoke in Abuja at a press briefing to mark the 2019 Commonwealth Day celebration with the theme, “A Connected Commonwealth.”

While stating that Nigeria receives award from countries such as UK, New Zealand, Australia, and others, the minister said citizens of other member countries such as Sierra Leone were also studying in Nigeria under the same scholarship scheme.

“Between 2015 and 2018, over 67 Nigerians have been awarded Commonwealth Scholarship to study in other Commonwealth countries while scholars from some other countries are currently studying in Nigerian tertiary institutions under the Commonwealth Scholarship.

 “The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was instituted in 1959 to give practical expression to the declared intention of Commonwealth countries to contribute to the provision of high level education and training by sharing their resources and their facilities.

“Since its inception, Nigeria has been operating as an awarding country. She maintains scholarship awards to other countries of the Commonwealth, such as Sierra Leone. As a receiving/nominating country, Nigeria receives award from other Commonwealth member countries, such as UK, New Zealand, Australia, etc.” he said.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono, explained that the Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states.

Echono revealed that adding that about 2.4 billion people live in the 53 Commonwealth member countries.

Speaking on the theme of the celebration, he said “a Connected Commonwealth recognises the similarities and connectivity of our culture, traditional norms and values informed by events and activities organised by governments, schools, community groups and individuals in celebration of Commonwealth Day.”

 

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