Nigerian students on various federal government scholarship programme, home and abroad will heave a sigh of release as the federal government has released the sum of N9,752,000 aimed at clearing the backlog of scholarship allowances owed up till December, 2018.
The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who was speaking at the fourth ministerial briefing of the ministry over the weekend, stated that the federal government has already expended over N800m in 2018 in payment of scholarship stipends to students at home and abroad.
“With current release, this administration will be spending a total of about N10bn in payment of scholarship to our students in the 2018 budget. We are determined to do more,” he said. The minister who was represented by the Director, Federal Scholarship Board, Hajia Astha Mohammed stated that for proper coordination of scholarship schemes in the country, all the scholarship schemes are being coordinated by the Federal Government Scholarship Board.
He added that all liabilities from scholarship operated by the National Universities Commission and transferred to the Board, must be thoroughly verified before payment.
“The board must ascertain that the admissions of such scholars are still valid and that the scholars are currently pursuing their programmes,” he said.
Adamu revealed that applicants for the four scholarship schemes; Federal Government Scholarship, Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Scholarship, Common Wealth Scholarship and Sustainable Development Goals (SGD’s) Scholarship have doubled to 30,000 applicants from the 12,000 which was ever witnessed.
“The government of President Buhari is determined to increase the number of the recipients of the various scholarships. We shall work hard with the Bilateral Partners to increase the numbers of beneficiaries, while we will also appeal to the Commonwealth to raise our quota for the awards,” he said.
The minister therefore appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to call off their strike action in the interest of Nigeria’s education sector.
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