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Wike Defends Selection Process For Presidential Scholarship Scheme

The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, has challenged the opposition on transparency and accountability, saying that the Government would not cut corners in … Continue reading Wike Defends Selection Process For Presidential Scholarship Scheme


Nyesom Wike,

Nyesom-WikeThe Supervising Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, has challenged the opposition on transparency and accountability, saying that the Government would not cut corners in its bid to serve the nation.

The Minister made the statement in defence of the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.

The scheme had come under fire over the selection process as some members of the House of Representatives raised concern over the selection process of the successful candidates, which they said was based on federal character and not on merit.

Speaking at the award ceremony of the second edition of the presidential scholarship scheme, Mr Wike challenged those opposed to the scheme, saying it was aimed at solving manpower problems in the country without bias.

The Chairman of the Implementation Committee and Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okogie, in further defence of the scheme, argued that the only state that did not benefit was Bayelsa.

2,000 candidates applied for the scheme but only 623 candidates sat for the screening of the edition of the scheme on December 10, 2013.

Successful candidates of the scheme were asked to apply to study in any of the top 25 universities in the world approved for the scheme and 104 candidates scaled the final hurdle.

The candidates had applied for selected programmes in Engineering, Technology, Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Medicine and Economics among other fields, where the country might be experiencing shortfalls.

The search for qualified students was based on candidates that obtained first class honours degree from any recognised and approved university nationwide and the scheme offers the 104 beneficiaries scholarship up to PhD level.