Ganduje Approves N257 Million Tuition Fees For Kano Students In Egypt

A file photo of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved N257 million ‎for the payment of tuition and maintenance fees for 43 students of the state studying in Egypt.‎

Mr Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Kano.

Anwar said the students were sponsored by the state government to pursue various programmes of study at Al-Mansoura and October 6 universities in Egypt.

“Gov. Ganduje has approved the released of N209 million for the payment of outstanding tuition and maintenance fees of students at Al-Mansoura University.

‎“The governor also approved N48 million being outstanding tuition and maintenance fees in respect of the six sponsored students of OCTOBER 6 University, Egypt,” he said.

Anwar noted that the governor also pardoned the students in spite of their involvement in politics.

“The 37 students studying at Al Mansoura, wrote an apology letter to the governor, regretting that they were hoodwinked by some elements to score political gains‎,” the statement added.

According to him, the governor also employed modalities to fast track upward review of bursary allowances for internal students, to ameliorate their sufferings occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic.

Anwar added that the State Scholarship Board had been directed to commence registration of prospectus students to facilitate payments before the reopening of schools.

 

Pay Stranded Students Abroad, NIDCOM Appeals To NDDC

A file photo of Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
A file photo of Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

 

 

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to urgently pay the allowances and tuition on their scholarship scheme abroad.

NIDCOM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the appeal in a statement signed by Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission.

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Mrs Abike explained that the payment of the allowances, tution and other incentives to the students, would ensure their continued stay in their place of study.

The statement made reference to a letter written to the Hon Minister of the Niger Delta Senator. Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, NIDC/001/20/1 drawing attention to the plight of the students, and urging the NDDC who are directly responsible for the students’ scholarships to pay.

She added that the Commission counts on the Minister’s assurances that all outstanding payments to affected Students will be made.

At the moment,  there have been persistent calls by the students for urgent intervention.

While deadline for payment of the fees of some of the students have expired or about to expire , non payment of their allowances have
turned many of them to virtually become beggars

The NIDCOM Chairman once again appeal to the Niger Delta Ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to intervene urgently and promptly too.

The NDDC has been in the news recently following a probe of the commission over corruption allegations.

For President Muhammadu Buhari, there should be a coordination between the National Assembly for a speedy conclusion of the NDDC probe.

The Nigerian leader wants the probe to get to the root of the matter and reposition the commission

 

How Ex-Kwara Scholarship Board Embezzled Students’ Bursary – Witness

How I Was Tortured, Asked To Implicate Saraki – Offa Robbery Suspect
A file photo showing the signpost of a Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.

 

 

The trial of the immediate past Chairperson of the Kwara State Scholarship Board, Fatimoh Yusuf, and two others have begun at the State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Yusuf is facing trial along with the board’s secretary and accountant, Fatai Lamidi and Stephen Ajewole, for allegedly diverting N50 million meant for the payment of 2018 students’ bursary.

The trio are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who arraigned them on January 15 before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye on seven counts bordering on bursary fraud, but they pleaded not guilty.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the anti-graft agency presented its first witness, Isiaka Adeshina who is an executive member of the National Association of Kwara State Students.

Adeshina told the court that the board’s officials listed his name as one of the beneficiaries of the 2018 bursary award at the University of Ilorin, but he never received any money.

While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, O. Akinsola, the witness narrated how he was shortlisted as number 725 on the list of beneficiaries of the 2018 bursary award released by the Kwara State government.

“Each student was entitled to the sum of N5,000 but to my surprise, when I was invited by the EFCC, they confronted me with some documents, especially the payment vouchers.

“I found my name among those that have been paid; they signed against my name as a beneficiary, but the signature is not mine, my signature was forged,” Adesina was quoted as saying in a statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Tony Orilade.

He added, “When they started the payment, they did not pay up to 350 students. They told us they were going for Jumat prayer but when they came back, they said the money had finished.”

After listening to the testimony, Justice Oyinloye adjourned the case until Wednesday next week for the continuation of the trial.

U.S. Universities Offer Scholarships Worth $7.5m To Nigerians

 

More than 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session.

This was disclosed by the Acting United States Consul General, Osman Tat, during the 2019 EducationUSA pre-departure orientation in Lagos on Tuesday for students who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities.

Noting that the U.S. remains a top destination for international students, Tat explained that the list of acceptances for Nigerian students for the upcoming academic year has been quite impressive, cutting across many of the 50 U.S. states.

“I congratulate each one of you on your tremendous success. This is a very important step in your life. I encourage you to make the most out of your time in the United States to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge needed to support Nigeria’s development,” he told the group of US-bound students.

The students have been accepted for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at top-notch US institutions ranging from Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, women’s colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to community colleges.

They include Stanford University, The George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, Tufts University, Boston University, Emory University, and Howard University, among many others.

The pre-departure orientation is intended to assist students to prepare for their move from Nigeria to attend a college or university in the United States. The event included interactive sessions on topics such as travel planning, adjusting to life in America, safety on campus, and F-1 visa rules for international students.

Participants also had the opportunity to meet with students currently studying in the United States who offered tips on how to prepare for the U.S. academic, social, and cultural environment.

Among the departing students are 13 EducationUSA Opportunity Fund grantees —10 undergraduate and three graduate students, with full scholarships — who received financial aid to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.

Annually, through the Opportunity Fund Program, the U.S. Consulate’s EducationUSA Advising Centre assists talented low-income students who are good candidates for admission to U.S. colleges and universities, by funding their application process.

According to the latest Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, Nigeria is the 13th highest sending country of international students to the U.S., with about 12, 693 Nigerians currently studying in the United States.

Kogi Government Offers Scholarship To 25 Medical Students

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Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has offered a special scholarship to 25 medical students of Kogi State University (KSU), Ayingba to enable them to complete their course of studies in other universities across the country.

Governor Bello on Saturday while addressing the management and students of the institution in Government House in Lokoja, said the College of Health Science of the University will gain the desired accreditation from Medical and Dental Council as well as national university commission.

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Since the establishment of KSU, Ayingba in 1999, the College of Medicine is yet to gain accreditation, making it difficult for medical students to graduate.

The Kogi State government, therefore, fixed a special scholarship scheme in three different universities where the medical students complete their education.

While 10 of the KSU students will complete their education at Ebonyi State University, eight will be going to the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and seven, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto State respectively.

The management of the university and the students at the banquet hall of the government house in Lokoja on Saturday appreciated the gesture of the state government.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Mohammed Sani Abdulkadir in his speech appealed to the state governor to come to the aid of the institution for the accreditation of courses in the university while the provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Margret Araoye commends the state government for prioritising Health and Education sectors.

Enugu Govt Offers Scholarship To 300 Students

Enugu Govt Offers Scholarship To 300 Students
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The Enugu State government has offered scholarship to 300 indigenes of the state who are already in their second year in Nigerian universities.

The State Commissioner of Education, Professor Uche Ezeh, briefed reporters on the criteria for selection after the State Executive Council meeting on Monday.

“Out of the 2704 persons that applied, the successful candidates who were selected from the three senatorial zones in the state scored above the state and senatorial cut off marks.

“Again they are already 200 level students in various universities studying science and technology, agriculture, medical science, environmental science, mathematics and special education,” he said.

The commissioner added that other beneficiaries included physically challenged persons who were not judged based on their score.

He said the scholarship was valued at N30m and would commence in September 2017, the 2017/2018 academic year.

Enugu Awards Scholarships To 300 Students

The Enugu State Government has awarded scholarships to 300 indigenes of the state who are already in their 200 level in universities in Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists after the State Executive Council meeting, the state Commissioner for Education Professor Uche Ezeh explained the criteria for the selection.

“Out of the 2704 persons that applied, the successful candidates who were selected from the three senatorial zones in the state scored above state and senatorial cut off mark. Again they are already 200 level students studying in the university, studying science and technology, agriculture medical science, environmental science mathematics and special education,” Ezeh said.

He noted that other beneficiaries included physically challenged persons who were not judged based on their score.

The scholarship which is worth #30 million will commence in September during the 2017/2018 academic year.

Nigeria Is Learning From Iran To Diversify Its Economy – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, Iran, Economy President Muhammadu Buhari says that the Federal Government is understudying the experiences of countries like Iran who thrived in adversity to diversify the Nigerian economy.

He said on Monday in Abuja that his administration is working assiduously to ameliorate the challenges faced by the economy within a short period.

President Buhari made the statement while he received a special envoy from the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the State House, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

He said that the Iranian economy remains an inspiration for Nigeria in the deployment of technology to harness and export gas, grow food for the populace and promote entrepreneurship in education.

“The progress made by Iran within a short period of 30 years is really commendable. Within the period, you have been able to harness gas flaring, and you are now exporting. You have recorded strides in security, manufacturing, agriculture and technology.

“You have also achieved a lot in nuclear research. I must also congratulate you for successfully negotiating with America and the European countries on the development of your nuclear energy,” he said.Buhari-Iran-Envoy

A Great Economy
The President noted that Nigeria had all the potentials for growing into a great economy through more inclusive planning, consistency in government policies and commitment to the realisation of development targets.

“In Nigeria, we are learning. We are learning the hard way through hardship, and we are learning very quickly on how to explore other sectors of the economy like gas, solid minerals and agriculture for growth.

“We are grateful for your support and cooperation in opening up the Nigerian economy for diversification,” he told the envoy.

In his remark, the Iranian envoy, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the Iranian government would support the ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian economy.

“We are very keen to see a better and stronger relationship with Nigeria, which is the largest country in Africa and a major global player,” he said.

Zarif said he came into Nigeria with a delegation of more than 70 members of the Iranian business community who had already started discussions in investing in sectors like banking, education, scholarship, agriculture, energy, tourism and technology development.

Scholarship to Harvard is open to all Nigerians – 7up Director

The Executive Director, Human Resources of the 7up Bottling Company, Femi Mokikan on Saturday said that the company’s annual scholarship, which sponsors a qualified student to the Harvard Business School in the United States of America, is open to all Nigerian students.

Mr Mokikan, who along with the recipients of the 7up scholarship award for 2011 and 2012, was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme, said though previous winners of the award have been Nigerian students who had studied abroad, the award is open to local students too.

In the video below, the 7up Director explains why the company preferred the Harvard Business School for its scholarship programme and how the beneficiary of the scheme is selected.