By Jerry Emmanson, Abuja –
The first 100 students to enroll into Nacabs Polytechnic, Akwanga near Abuja for national diploma courses in the 2017/2018 academic session are most likely to benefit from the blanket scholarship the institution has offered to prospective students this year.
Nacabs Polytechnic, which prides itself as one of the foremost indigenous private tertiary institutions in north central Nigeria, explained that the first 100 students to gain admission into the school will enjoy the full scholarship covering 100% tuition fees as its contribution to the task of promoting renewed youth interest in education and excellence in the academic sector.
Founder/Proprietor of the polytechnic, Mr. M. D. Abuluya,who, disclosed in an interview in Abuja pointed out that the gesture was designed to cushion the effect of the economic recession on poor families and communities struggling with poverty as well as encourage youths to develop interest in higher education to pursue skills-based courses of their choice .
Abuluya said: “The gesture was borne out of the desire of the founder to share with the people the vision God bestowed on us and the need to help the less-privileged in the society access higher education as we celebrate 17 years of the formation of the polytechnic and five years of successful accreditation by the relevant government agencies regulating technical education in the country.”
He recalled with regret that many of the nation’s tertiary institutions witnessed a sharp drop in the ratio or number of students seeking admission between the year 2015 and 2016 as a result of the biting recession.
He also lamented the inability of some parents to pay school fees and other sundry charges levied on students and youths lack of interest in education.
Abuluya said the Governing Council of Nacabs Polytechnic has already approved the offer and the school has circulated notices to churches, mosques, political office holders, traditional rulers and community leaders in the north appealing that such leaders should encourage their youths to take advantage of the offer and seek higher education.
The courses covered by the scholarship are accounting, business studies and management, computer science, electrical/electronic engineering, statistics, computer engineering, mass communication and public administration.
According to Abuluya, successful students will enjoy full or partial tuition-free scholarship funded by Nacabs Polytechnic for any of the courses chosen throughout the duration of their studies but students will be responsible for funding their own travel, accommodation, feeding and other individual processes.
The proprietor of the polytechnic advised those who have genuine desire for higher education but cannot afford to pay fees charged by schools and need help to move forward in their chosen fields to apply for the scholarship as it was designed for them.